Single father in Toledo wants to pay it forward after receiving holiday help

Published: Nov. 17, 2017 at 4:06 PM EST
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The Salvation Army helps thousands of people in the Toledo area during the holiday season. Tonight we introduce you to a man who is getting help this year, but his goal is to eventually pay it forward.

Jason Morris is a single father raising three small children in Toledo.

The generosity of this community will help change the course of their Christmas this year. Jason lights up when he talks about his children, "I have three kids ages 10, 6 and 3. They're all amazing, and I am very proud of them.."

Jason says he has custody of his children and this is the first year that he will be the only parent in the house for Christmas, "I believe if you need help, especially for your kids, you should not be ashamed to ask. Every kids deserves a good Christmas."

The Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive is giving Jason hope that his kids will have a good Christmas, "My kids holiday will be changed by the help we are getting from The Salvation Army, and that changes my holiday and my life. This is our first holiday on our own, so it's a real blessing."

Jason says he's not looking for a hand out, just a little help, "Sometimes people need help to bridge the gap between where they are today and where they want to be tomorrow."

That's where The Salvation Army and all of you who make donations to the toy drive come in. Major Scott Kelly of The Salvation Army says Jason's story is what the season is all about, "He's working on bettering his life, but in the meantime it's a struggle. We want to help him through that difficult time to get to the better days ahead."

Jason believes better days are ahead. He's a senior at The University of Toledo, majoring in social work. He says he was inspired to get into the field by social workers who helped get him through some tough times, "I am just trying to figure out how to get through these next few years, so I can go and help others the way I am getting help now."

Major Susan Kelly of The Salvation Army says thanks to the generosity of this community there's a lot of help for people like Jason,"Sometimes it's as simple as providing a toy. Those small acts of kindness add up to something big. All that help is making a difference in the lives of a family."

Major Kelly says it's important to remember that you don't have to make a big donation to make a difference. A single toy can change a life. The Major also says the number of people who need help this year is up from last year.