The Henderson Community Building, decked out with holiday decorations and lights, served as a toy and food destination during the ‘Toys and Treats for Tots to Teens’ event held Saturday and Sunday.
According to Henderson Mayor Jack McCoy, this annual time of giving was a great event for everybody.
“I always get such a blessing from our community event,” McCoy said. “So many volunteers helped make ‘Toys and Treats for Tots to Teens’ a great success.”
Over 400 children from around the area made their way to the community building on Saturday to receive a toy and to visit Santa Claus. In addition, free meals were provided to 550 people on Sunday, including 176 meals that were delivered to shut-ins and elderly.
McCoy said they never turn anyone away and that meals and toys are provided for everyone, regardless of income. The toys are distributed from babies to teens.
This tradition began in the 1980s, was discontinued, and brought back in 1997. Since then, McCoy and the town of Henderson raise money all year-round with community activities. All proceeds are donated toward the Christmas gathering.
“I praise God first of all,” McCoy said. “This is time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and give the gift of love to others.”
These two events are only part of Henderson’s Christmas celebration. The annual Henderson Christmas Parade is usually a great place to spot Santa Claus before his busy night of delivering toys, but this year, due to weather and road conditions, McCoy canceled the parade mainly for the safety of the kids.