Dear Parents and Guardians of Mull Elementary Students,

Christmas will be here soon and I want to help prepare you!  If you find yourself in a financial crunch, the Burke County agencies listed below may be able to help you. These are not services I can provide, but I can help guide you to accessing them.  Please call me if you have questions, 828-437-5785, or call the agency directly.


Athena Johnson, School Social Worker



Catawba River Baptist Association Toy Store

Register at Summit Community Church. Bring identification (SS card, birth certificate, driver’s license, TIN) for yourself and eligible children (birth-12 years). Registration dates are October 22nd from 12pm-8pm, and October 23 & 24 from 8am-5pm. Each child receives 2 toys. Pick up for toys will be 12/3-12/6.

Summit Community Church

407 South Green Street

Morganton, NC 28655

828-437-0137 or 


Christmas Cheer

Will be held the first week in December on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday @ the Burke County Fairgrounds. Parents will come to sessions based on the initial of your last name. Christmas Cheer serves children birth-high school aged. Parents will need to bring ID for each child (ex: birth certificate, SS card). Each child receives 1 new toy. Christmas Cheer does have some bikes as well; however, these are on a first come, first serve basis as the number of bikes is limited. Flyers will be sent home in November. 


Toys for Tots

You may go online to request assistance at or you may contact their office at 828-433-0681 (United Way distribution center). Children ages 3 years through 5th grade are served through this organization. A small bag of age appropriate gifts for each child is provided. Photo identification is required for application process and when picking up gifts.


Salvation Army Service Center

Applications are taken @ the Salvation Army Office (420 West Fleming Drive) every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in October from 9-2. Serve children birth-12 years.  Families must provide picture ID's, birth certificates, for all children, medicaid cards (if applicable), proof of monthly income, and proof of all monthly expenses. Each child receives 3 toys, shirt, pants, shoes, stocking, and a gift card.