After the recent tornadoes that wreaked havoc in Mayfield, many toy drives have been organized for the youngest. However, many teenagers in the area also lost much, if not all, including their Christmas presents.
“I’ve always had a heart for the teens in this community,” said Courtney Williams, youth coordinator at the Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention. “I know that while everyone thinks of young children wanting gifts from Santa, no one really thinks of 16-year-olds who just lost their homes or just want some sort of normal Christmas.”
Talon Falls partnered with Global Empowerment Mission to create a Christmas Wonderland event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday for families who were directly affected by the tornado.
The Graves County ASAP Youth Council has also launched a Teen Christmas Campaign to help bring more gifts for 11-17 year olds to the Talon Falls event.
“We’ve been living with a global pandemic for almost two years and now a natural disaster, they crave some kind of normalcy,” Williams said. “Even if it’s just a makeup palette or a new book. If we can make a person’s Christmas better, everything will be worth it.
The Graves County ASAP Youth Council accepts donations specific to the interests of teens, such as makeup palettes, books, newspapers, gift cards, purses, jewelry and more. Monetary donations can also be sent or dropped off at the health department and will be used to purchase items specific to adolescents.
Christmas Wonderland at Talon is also sponsored by Toys for Tots, Bstrong, Good360 and Aerial Recovery. There will be a bus pick-up location at Spare Time Lanes, 921 N. 17th St. in Mayfield, and the victims will be taken to Talon Falls for the event.
Families with children ages 0 to 5 have a 4 p.m. pickup, 6 to 10 year olds have a 5 p.m. pickup, and 11 to 17 year olds have a 6 p.m. pickup.
For more information on Christmas Wonderland, visit talonfalls.com.
For more information on GC ASAP’s Teen Campaign, contact Williams at [email protected]