For the second year, Beebe Women’s and Children’s Services partnered with RJ Scott, a first grader at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, to collect new childrens toys and clothing for kids who might not get anything under their tree.
The effort is called RJ’s Christmas Tree Drive, and it was brought to Beebe by women’s health nurse Brooke Talbot who has been working with RJ and his family for several years.
In addition to Beebe’s Women’s and Children’s team, Beebe Public Safety and Lewes Police Department also contributed. Lewes Police Department donated seven bicycles.
“RJ and his family work to collect the names of kids and families who need help around the holidays. This year we had nine families. I then bring the lists to our team at Beebe and we go shopping,” said Brooke.
RJ started the holiday event after learning that not everyone got presents under the tree at Christmas. “I was really sad about kids who didn’t get anything and I wanted to help,” said RJ. “It makes me happy to think of them opening their presents Christmas morning.”