The Port Arthur News
Southeast Texans opened their hearts and their pocketbooks Saturday at area Walmart stores to provide Christmas toys for children and food for the hungry.
The Krewe of Krewes, consisting of members from various krewes, set up Mardi Gras floats at the Port Arthur and Mid-County Walmart store, where customers made donations to Fill-A-Float Toy Drive.
“So far, it’s been real good,” Emmett Hollier, 52, of Nederland, said. “We’ve had a lot of canned goods items coming in for the Southeast Texas Food Bank, and toys for the Blue Santa Program.”
Hollier said donations had come from all ages, even from youngsters.
Among the young set learning the benefit of giving back to the community was 5-year-old Dustin Kiffee, of Port Arthur.
Kiffee donated money, his grandmother, Linda Kiffee, said.
“He always wants a toy when he comes in the store, but we knew other children needed one, so he donated his money,” Linda Kiffee said. “He knows how to share when others need something.”
Besides, he’s got more toys than he could possibly play with, she said.
Laura Childress, captain of the Majestic Krewe of Aurora, said the group was very pleased with the amount of donations.
“People are being very generous today,” she said.
Those who did not have the opportunity to make a donation can do so Sunday at either of the Walmart locations. The toy and food drive continues from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday in the stores’ parking lots.
Childress said the Krewe of Krewes chose the Blue Santa Program and the Food Bank because they wanted to give back to the community.
The group hopes to make the drive an annual event, Childress said.
This year marked the first for the group to work in conjunction with the Blue Santa Program, Hollier said.
“Hopefully, we will make this an annual event,” he said.