Working off a list that provides only the ages gender of kids in Nunda Township who's families are struggling to keep food on their table as well as the heat and lights on in their homes, Smith who is also a Precinct Committeewoman, her husband, Nunda Republican Chairman Brent and their children Zach, Chelsi, Krista and Derreck are working to collect gifts; however they have been overwhelmed by the number of needy families.
“There are 102 children in Nunda Township who's families are clearly struggling to get by. Oddly enough there are equally 51 boys and 51 girls who's ages range from 7 months to 18 years of age,” Joni said. “My family and I have collected just about 30 items so far, but we have a long way to go in a very short time to collect the entire 102 gifts for these children.”
Working in cooperation with the Nunda Supervisor’s office, Smith said that she will not know which families will be receiving the gifts, “Even though we will not see who is enjoying our gifts we can all take a moment on Christmas day to know that a child in Nunda Township who has no control over the economy or what has been dealt to them can have a moment of joy knowing Santa Clause made it to their house this year.”
Anyone who would like to help can contact Joni Smith via cell phone at 815-245-0836 to arrange for pick up unwrapped gifts for a boy or girl between the ages of 7 months and 18 by December 15th.