RICHMOND (WRIC) - Malls are packed with moms and dads grabbing up holiday deals, but not everyone with a wish list is out among the shoppers.
Berlinda Craddock credits SCAN for giving a child close to her a visit from Santa in 2012, the first year it opened a toy shop inside the James Center.
"Without this program I know families, as well as myself, kids wouldn't have a Christmas."
This time around, SCAN plans to help 300 children, ages 3 to 10, in its program.
"Legos are always popular the little people is really popular right now," says SCAN Development Coordinator Bethany Leighton. "Books are always great for kids. Clothes are always essential."
Richmond SCAN was founded in 1991 and evolved into five programs that treat children who've been abused and work on ways to prevent it.
But no matter what's happened in the past, SCAN has big hopes for its 2nd Annual Toy Shop.
"It's an opportunity for that child to get to meet Santa Claus, to have fun, to interact with other children and really bring out that Christmas spirit where those families may not be able to get that anywhere else," Leighton says.
"Christmas only comes once a year and I know there are a lot of people out there with a heart that really want to put a smile on these children's faces," Craddock says.
Drop off donations at the James Center lobby until December 13. SCAN will also accept toys at its main office at 103 E. Grace Street.
The toy shop will then open up exclusively to SCAN families on December 16 and 17.
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