For nearly six decades Bro. Joe Carrico coordinated the efforts to ensure every child in Logan County had a toy at Christmas. This organization, formerly Toys for Tots Logan County, changed it’s name to reflect his love and commitment to our community. Now operated through the Agape Foundation in Russellville, the initiative of collecting toys is still strong, and thanks to community support, Bro. Joe’s dream is still alive.
Although he has passed on, Brother Joe Carrico’s mission is instrumental to many underprivileged families in Logan County. Bro. Joe and many others tirelessly collected throughout the years so that every child in our community did not go without on Christmas morning. The pastor felt it was of extreme importance not to forget those who are in need.
The Agape Service Foundation, run by Mike and Janice Humble and others, have since picked up the mission.
Donations for Bro. Joe’s Christmas have been coming in thanks to the generosity of the community. There is still time, however, if you feel lead to donate a toy for a child on Christmas morning. The drive lasts until Dec. 15. You can drop your donation off at the Agape Foundation, 501 Johnson Street in Russellville, or mail a donation if you choose.
This was the first year US Bank in Russellville began collecting for Bro. Joe’s Christmas.
“We just wanted to do something for the community,” said Ralph Addison, Sales and Service Manager for US Bank. “We usually choose a project each year that will help others and Bro. Joe’s Christmas is a great one.”
You can drop off a toy at any US bank location in Logan County through Dec. 15. All toys will then be delivered to the Agape Foundation to be handed out.
In both the Old and New Testaments, we see God’s desire for His children to show compassion to the poor and needy. Jesus said that the poor would always be with us (Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7). He also said that those who show mercy to the poor, the sick, and the needy are in effect ministering to Him personally (Matthew 25:35–40) and will be rewarded accordingly.
If you have any questions, you can contact Agape at 270-726-7109.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.