Stock the Sled ready to brighten families’ holidays

DURHAM, N.C. – CBS North Carolina is partnering with the non-profit Capital City Clauses to collect thousands of toys for local families in need.

And with the annual “Stock the Sled” event, a little can go a long way to help kids – and their parents – have a merry Christmas.

“I’m not going to lie. At times, I don’t look forward to the holidays,” Krystal Little said as her voice trembled and she wiped tears streaming down her face.

“But I do for my children.”

This holiday season is especially tough for Little and her five kids. She lost her husband on Thanksgiving Day last year after his long health battle following brain surgery.

Since his passing, Little said it’s their 5-year-old daughter Shyanne who’s now trying to comfort her.

“She said, ‘You don’t cry because God doesn’t want to see that,’” Little recounted as she held back her emotions. “She said, ‘I don’t want to see them tears, and Daddy don’t want to see them tears.

“’You gotta be happy,’” Little quoted her daughter as saying.

She then covered her eyes and paused for several seconds before she softly quoted her daughter again through renewed tears.

“’You gotta be happy.’”

Her daughter’s wish is hard to follow when you’re trying to make ends meet like Little.

But that’s where the community comes in.

Little met CBS North Carolina evening anchor Sean Maroney at the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club in Durham to share her story. She will be one of the thousands of local families who – through the Salvation Army – will receive donated toys, clothing and a stocking for each child to wake up to on Christmas morning.

While each donation is a gift for the kids, it also will be a gift for parents like Little, giving them the most important thing they have on their Christmas lists.

“That anticipation of laughter, of joy, of just happiness,” Little said with a bright smile and dry eyes. “There’s nothing more memorable than that.

“It’s priceless.”

Please join CBS North Carolina, Salvation Army representatives and Capital City Clauses board members Friday either at the Walmart in Brier Creek or the Walmart at the New Hope Commons shopping center in Durham.

You can donate a new, unwrapped toy there from 4:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., and help families like Krystal Little’s make new, happy memories this year.

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