PEORIA - Each holiday season, the Neighborhood House opens its doors for families in need to shop for gifts for Christmas. It’s Peoria’s longest running toy shop and this year organizers set aside a special time for victims of the tornado to shop for free. Parents usually pay a small entrance fee and can get toys for kids up to 12 years old. But this year, ADM, Molina Healthcare, and Kreiling Roofing Company are fronting the cost for extra toys and presents for teens. 230 families signed up to shop from Washington. Organizers say they just wanted to find a way to help.
Executive Director Becky Rossman says, “We all wanted to do something, like all of central Illinois, to help all the people displaced by the tornadoes. We were very lucky, we had some businesses underwrite the cost to help us support that. But, they were receiving so many other donations, the other things we offer they didn't need at the time. So, we thought this would fall in line perfectly with the holidays and our toy shop program.”
This is the 78th year for the Neighborhood House Toy Shop.