STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Ora Nickles of Ora's Tax Service in Starkville held it's first ever toy drive on Saturday to help families impacted by the pandemic.
The business owner bought and received toys for nearly 300 children.
The toys range from baby rings to basketballs, giving children of any age and gender a personalized present for Christmas.
Nickles and her staff delivered 150 pre-wrapped toys to previously identified apartments in the rural areas.
She also opened her store up for anyone to come pick up one toy per child.
Nickles said the pandemic was a driving force in her decision to hold the toy drive this holiday season.
“I feel like this year’s really important that we reach out and help families that in need because I feel like a lot of kids are not gonna get toys because of the pandemic," said Nickles. "I just wanted to offer my help to a lot of the kids.”
Nickles said she plans to do the toy drive again next year and will accept toy donations to help more families in the area.