The Island of Misfit Toys at Four Corners
Working to lighten the load for clients entering substance abuse treatment, Four Corners Community Behavioral Health officials initiated the Misfit Toys program, a toy drive aimed at making an addict's first clean holiday season a little less stressful.
"During the holidays, many in recovery get very stressed out concerning giving gifts to their families, especially their children," said Four Corners Recovery Coach Crystal Haynes. "To help them through, we decided to initiate a toy drive."
According to Haynes, the first annual Misfit Toys Gift Drive yielded enough toys to fill an entire meeting room at the local substance abuse and mental health facility, ensuring that as many as 50 local families received the help they needed to make the holidays a little brighter.
The program was opened to the entire community who both gave and received. The group accepted new and slightly used toys making it easy for almost anyone to give to the program.
"We got started a little late this year. But once we got our flyers made and began working though Addicts to Athletes the word really got out and we were proud the of program's results," said Haynes.
Those at Four Corners plan to expand the program next year, reaching and assisting as many in the community as possible.