With help from city and county officials as well as sponsors from all over Tennessee, Kids Wish Network on Tour brought new toys, clothes, gifts and games to the children of Madisonville, Monroe County and surrounding cities to be given out during a day of fun and festivities. Kids Wish Network on Tour was a tremendous success for everyone involved, especially the 4,000 impoverished and deserving children and families that were in attendance.
On Dec. 18, Kids Wish Network, the cities of Madisonville, Vonore, Sweetwater, Tellico Plains, and Monroe County united to bring joy to local children in need through Kids Wish Network on Tour, a ground-breaking new program designed especially to help children facing difficult circumstances.
Throughout these remote areas, thousands of children face abandonment, abuse and neglect, and are also in dire need of something to make their situations more bearable. With help from Megatrux Inc., Kids Wish Network on Tour was able to send loaded trucks straight to the center of Madisonville. In addition to toys, clothes, gifts and games; strollers, baby carriers and other much-needed items were given out to families that had gone without.
When families and children began to arrive, the volunteers from Kids Wish Network and participating officials swiftly went into action. Mothers carried babies wrapped only in sheets and children with shoes much too big for their little feet waited eagerly for their gifts.
“It went very well,” said Chief Gregg Breeden of the Madisonville Police Department. “Everyone was very positive and appreciative…those children will be able to have a Christmas now and Kids Wish Network on Tour showed the true giving spirit of the holidays.”
According to Sergeant Bill Bivins of the Madisonville Police Department, the event was just what the community needed: “This was the first time I’ve ever seen the eyes of so many children brighten up at once. You don’t know how much it really means for our town.”
While the toys, strollers, bicycles and other amazing gifts were being distributed, attendees were entertained with characters from Dollywood, T-shirts shot out of air guns and other festive forms of entertainment. They were also given the opportunity to have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus as a memento for them to cherish for years to come; it was an opportunity for some of the families to have their very first and only family portrait.
“I would like to say thank you to Mrs. Breiner and Kids Wish Network,” said Mayor Alfred McClendon of Madisonville. “They brought joy to our county and the four cities…we’ve never experienced anything of this magnitude. To see all of it, it was just a thrill.”
To see more quotes and photos of the inaugural Kids Wish Network on Tour event, or to see if your town may qualify for an upcoming event, please visit our Web site at www.kidswishnetworkontour.org.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Kids Wish Network on Tour such a success: Mark & Shelley Breiner; Monroe County; Megatrux, Inc.; A&W Drive-In; Air Cannons Inc.; Allegiant Air;Bradley’s BBQ & Grill; Cracker Barrel; Domino’s Pizza Sweetwater and Madisonville; Donna’s Old Town CafÐ¹; LLC.; Dollywood; Hunter’s Bakery & Cafe; Ingles Market; Jacky Jones Ford Lincoln Mercury; KFC Madisonville; Monroe County Chamber of Commerce; Olive Garden; Sam’s Club #8256; Sequoyah Landing; Sonic Drive-In; Starbucks Coffee Co.; Susan Long Photography; Tammy Lee Photography; The Catering Connection; The Fresh Market; The Lily Pad Boutique; The Monroe County Advocate & Democrat; Volunteer Federal Savings and Loan Association; Walgreens Photo Lab; Wal-Mart; WLOD 98.3; and Worthington Group.
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. If you know a facility that may benefit from their Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their Web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org