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Toy drive scheduled in Clay City

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Look at all the toys! Pictured are (from left) Lance Corporal Mattie Leatherbury, Cathy Reed, Dr. Julie Shaw, Dr. Michael Shaw, Shawnia Mershon and Lance Corporal Kevin Lewis.
'Tis the season for giving, and community members are taking it seriously.

The Clay City Police Department and the Clay City Dollar General are teaming up for the second year to put on a toy drive for disadvantaged children.

"Clay City Dollar General approached us about doing one. Of course we were all for it," Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs said.

Last year, Dollar General and the Police Department delivered approximately 1,500 toys around Clay City.

This year, toys or cash donations will be collected until Dec. 20, at Dollar General, the Police Department, or Clay City Town Hall.

On Dec. 21, a community event will take place at Town Hall from 6:30-9 p.m., where kids can come and meet Santa and receive a gift.

Refreshments will be available for kids and adults.

Afterward, families can sign up for an additional delivery of toys.

Three hundred toys have been collected so far for this year's event.

Clay City Jr./Sr. High School students will take a day to wrap the toys donated.

Dollar General Manager Barbara Wilson said that many of her vendors and community businesses have been donating to the toy drive.

"I just like the idea of Dollar General being able to help its local community. All of the employees are passionate about their community," Wilson said.

"We're hoping to have a good turnout," Skaggs said.

Wilson said those donating cash can leave their name, phone number and address, and she will send a receipt.

Dollar General's hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. until Dec. 15, when hours change to 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Meanwhile, Shaw Chiropractic and the U.S. Marine Reserves partnered for the annual Toys-For-Tots drive recently.

Lance Corporal Kevin Lewis and Lance Corporal Mattie Leatherbury from the Company K, third battalion, 4th Marine Division, Terre Haute, picked up the toys Friday from the Shaw office in Brazil.

This year's total collection was 551 toys, and Shaw Chiropractic also collected a number of cash donations which will go toward the purchase of additional toys.

In seven hours, more than $600 was collected for the drive. The money collected will be spent on more toys and close to 95 percent of the toys were collected from Shaw Chiropractic patients.

Last year, Toys-For-Tots collected 458 toys.

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