Posted at: 11/30/2012 3:53 AM
Updated at: 11/30/2012 5:53 PM
By: Ray Levato
It's the giving season and on Friday, in Brockport, some special Santas were giving away free winter coats and toys. That means some children that might have gone without, will have something under the tree.
The MOMS Club of Brockport is part of the international moms club. Originally, a way for stay-at-home moms to keep in touch with each other, they've been brightening up Christmas for west side families now for six years.
The MOMS Club of Brockport held its 6th annual gift away today at the Brockport Elks Lodge. Any family in need was invited to come down and choose gifts for their children. They were what the moms call gently used, good condition gifts available for anyone from infants to teens. And no one was asked to give personal information like income.
Carol Ann Pittman, MOMS Club of Brockport, said, “They can pick out a larger toy. A stuffed animal. A video. A book. A puzzle for each child that they have.”
The moms gave toys out to 700 children last year. Carol Ann Pittman came up with the idea and today she has help from 45 others moms.
Pittman said, “Everyone that I know in the area, it's new toys that they give out to people. And we take gently used toys and some new toys also. So i think that makes us very unique in that way”
Liz Darby and her 18-month-old daughter, Violet, were shopping for her and her two brothers.
Darby said, “It means we get a chance to put something special under the tree that we wouldn't be able to without it. We found some puzzles for learning activities, and some ice skates for our teenagers that give them a chance to go ice skating without having to worry about.”
The MOMS Club has drop boxes around the Brockport community. Some toys they see donated back again and people have been generous.
Pittman said, “I was just posting on Facebook that we could use an artificial Christmas tree. We always have one or two to give out to people. And she showed up at my house and she had a brand new tree because she said her old tree wasn't good enough. So it was very sweet.”
The free winter coat giveaway continues Saturday from noon to 4pm at the Brockport Firemen's Exempt club on West Avenue. Matt's Coats for Kids is in memory of Matt Fitton who was killed in 2003 car accident on Redmond Road. Matt was a student at the College at Brockport and his mother, Karen Leidig, said the last Christmas gift they gave their son was a winter coat.
For more information please visit MattsCoats.webs.com or visit the Facebook page here.