AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) — With Christmas just a few days away, planning and last minute shopping are probably on the minds of most. But the owners of a downtown Amory business are using the days leading up to Christmas to help dozens of families in need have a memorable holiday.
“You know, Christmas is a hard time for some families,” said Finders Keepers owner Brandi Hargroue.
In fact, it was the hardship of one family that inspired Hargroue’s spirit of giving.
“A couple of weeks ago, a lady came in my store...And she had three children, and after talking to her, her father was really sick, and she told us this was the first year her kids were not going to know who Santa was,“ said Hargroue.
At that moment, Hargroue says she knew she needed to do something to help.
“That kind of touched my heart...and I told her we would take care of her kids for Christmas,“ said Hargroue.
Hargroue says with the help of several area businesses and members of the community, they were able to buy the children new toys and clothes for Christmas. Then, she took to social media to see just how big the need was in her community.
"I decided to post up on Facebook to see if anybody needed help with Christmas, and then, the response. It just took off from there,“ said Hargroue.
Over two weekends, Hargroue has given Christmas gift bags free of charge to more than 200 with no questions asked.
Resident Margo Morgan picked up Christmas gift bags not for herself but for a family of eight.
“Both parents work, but with six children and and the economy, it’s not easy to make ends meet,“ said Morgan.
Morgan says the gifts provided by Finders Keepers will go a long way.
“Children don’t understand the hardships of parents sometimes, and it’s just awesome. They’ve really blessed a lot of families,“ said Morgan.
“I know I can’t help everybody, but at least I can lay down knowing that I did try to help as many as I could,“ said Hargroue.
Organizers say next year they hope to help twice as many families.