Next Christmas, Joshua’s Angels will be the main distributor for Toys for Tots in Yadkin County.
Joshua’s Angels is a non-profit organization for disabled adults and children and is run by Tammy Hazelwood.
“I was delivering toys until Christmas Eve and picking the Toys for Tots toys up from Greensboro and Winston-Salem,” Hazelwood said. “I have worn out four sets of tires on my van through the years.”
Toys for Tots, a program supported by the U.S. Marine Corps, collects toys from October to December to be given to needy children. As the county distributor, people will come to Joshua’s Angels Center and fill out a form to become a recipient of donations. The forms verify proof of income and the number of children they have, Hazelwood said.
“One little girl received a bike through Toys for Tots. I told her Santa brought her the bike,” Hazelwood said. “The little girl said, ‘Santa must have known mine just broke!’ I was told she has just rode and rode that bike.”
This year several local businesses donated items to Joshua’s Angels such as The Feedstack donating 200 coats, Neighbors Stores donating 400 pieces of candy, toys from the arcade at Mayberry Mall and socks and bananas from Save n’ Go—just to name a few.
“None of this would’ve happened if it wasn’t for God,” Hazelwood said.
Mount Pleasant United Methodist also donated money for the Joshua’s Angels Center, and the Navy Seals submariners are helping build parts of the center.
Joshua’s Angel Center is a therapeutic horse center for disabled children and adults and is set to open on June 2.
“I had a friend say, ‘How have you gotten both the Marines and the Navy to help you out?’” Hazelwood laughed. “I told her to just treat them with heart and respect like anyone else.”