Southern Wayne JROTC teams up with Make-A-Difference in toy drive

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Every child deserves to know what it feels like to receive a Christmas gift, according to Southern Wayne’s JROTC which teamed up with Make-A-Difference Food Pantry on Thursday to make sure that happens for kids in Mount Olive.

More than 100 toys were given out to children of different ages at the Make-A-Difference Food Pantry.

The cadets of Southern Wayne’s JROTC came up with the idea to bless the children as a mission to make kids feel special.

“We usually always do something for the community, but this year we just wanted to make someone’s Christmas special,” said Cadet Master Sgt. Daiysi Sanchez. “We opened it up to clothes, toys, and different items because we didn’t want to limit the giving.”

The cadets got the gifts together and wrapped each one.

Make-A-Difference Food Pantry had a line extending down the block. The food pantry had workers dressed in elf costumes. Santa was unable to attend, but everyone, including the JROTC, were dressed as Santa’s favorite helpers.

Southern Wayne’s JROTC plans to make a difference in the community during the holidays again next year.

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