Local Charity Jimmy’s Kids Loses 21,000 Toys in Flood

For 20 years, Royal Oak resident Jim Tuman of “Jimmy’s Kids” has been helping over 30,000 kids each Christmas. This year he needs your help. A flood destroyed about 21,000 of the toys destined for kids this Christmas.

Jimmy’s Kids is a program started in 1989 to create Christmas parties for local children 4 to 11 years of age who are indigent, physically or emotionally challenged, or forgotten. When Tuman started the program in 1989, he serviced 22 kids in Detroit; the program has since expanded to service over 30,000 children and families in need.

Jim is working with the 11 Southeast Michigan Play It Again Sports to rebuild his inventory. All 11 locations will serve as host sites to drop boxes and will challenge Metro Detroit to donate toys and coats for the needy in the community. With a donation, shoppers will receive 10 percent off of their purchase of a regularly priced item.

Donations can be made at any Play It Again Sports location until December 24.