Calls are already being received for the annual program conducted by the Family Connection Center, here.
Those seeking help may apply in person at the FCC/Food Bank offices at 875 E. Highway 193 in Layton. Hours to sign up are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon.
Applicants should bring copies of birth certificates or Social Security card for each member in their household, plus a pay stub to prove income, as well as proof of Davis County residency.
Last year, about 1,300 children received toys and other Christmas items, but Gene Lopez, program director, believes requests for help will be far higher this year.
That’s why he’s also putting out a plea for individuals and families, churches, service organizations and businesses to donate whatever they can.
“We need gift items for all ages, especially older kids,” who often get overlooked, Lopez said. That includes gift cards, monetary donations that can be used by FCC to buy toys, clothing, and more.
Items can be dropped off at the FCC during office hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. If a group or neighborhood has a large amount of goods to donate, the FCC will pick it up, Lopez says.
“We’re afraid it’s only going to get worse,” he said of demand.
That’s not only due to the ongoing down economy that is hitting many households, but is compounded by the Salvation Army not being able to serve Davis County residents with its Sub for Santa.
“We are going to get bombarded. We’re the only major agency” providing Sub for Santa in the county, Lopez says. Many other groups sponsor smaller or similar efforts, such as Angel Tree and more.
Dec. 22 has been scheduled as the date when those receiving help can come to the FCC. Each family will be assigned a time to come and “shop” for age-appropriate items for their children.
A second date will be added depending on demand, Lopez says.