Photo by Heather Middleton
By Mehgaan Jones
The Clayton County Solicitor General's Office is fulfilling the wishes of local children this holiday season.
"We are trying to provide Christmas for needy kids here, in Clayton County," said Clayton County Solicitor General, Tasha Mosley.
"It is tough out there...these parents are struggling," she said. "We want to make sure that kids wake up with something under the Christmas tree."
Members of the Pre-Trial Intervention and Diversion Program, of the Clayton County Solicitor General's Office, donated approximately $1,800, in gift cards from Target, Wal-Mart and K-Mart, said Meg Cauchy, office manager, for the Solicitor General's Office.
The Pre-Trial and Diversion Program is for first-time offenders who have committed minor infractions, such as simple battery and shoplifting, said officials.
"I can't believe the generosity," Cauchy said. She added that she was amazed by what was collected in such a short amount of time.
Cauchy said the gift cards were collected from Dec. 7, until Dec. 17.
According to Tasha Mosley, employees from the Solicitor General's Office purchased items, including toys and clothing, with the donated gift cards. The toys included board games, Barbie dolls, bikes, and an easy bake oven.
Toys, clothes, and food will go to eight Clayton County churches, Securus House, a non-profit organization for victims of family violence, and the Kinship Care Resource Center, which is a program for grandparents raising grandchildren, Mosley said.
"We are very thankful for everything that helps the grandparents," said Angela Burda, program coordinator, for the Kinship Care Resource Center.
Mosley said that some families requested food, for a holiday meal.
"We have about four or five families that just wanted food," she added. Those families will receive gift cards to Super Target for groceries.
"It [the donation program] has surpassed our wildest dreams," said Mosley. "A lot of people take things for granted...you just don't know how blessed you are...," she said.