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Donations to help 75 families

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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The community of Clay County has been collecting toys this holiday season for local children in need.

Clay County Toys for Tots has 75 families with more than 200 children who will participate in the distribution day Saturday, Dec. 22.

The organization's goal was to collect enough toys for all the children in the area who were in need.

"We have had such a wonderful outpouring from the community," Suzanne Mathis, committee member, said. "It has just knocked our socks off. The community has been absolutely wonderful this year and have really supported Toys for Tots."

Mathis said the organization is still collecting toys and will begin bringing them to the Harmony United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Thursday to prepare for distribution. Currently, Mathis said they do not have a count on how many toys they have.

"I think we have enough," Mathis said. "We hope we have enough, but we are holding back a little of the cash donations to see if we are short in an age group."

If one of the age groups is short on toys, the organization plans to use the cash donations to buy more toys Saturday before distribution.

During distribution day, parents will come at a previously designated time to the Fellowship Hall to pick up their gifts. The toys will be organized into age groups in the distribution center. While there, parents may choose what gifts they think their children will enjoy. Families may also pick up books, stocking stuffers, hats and mittens for the children.

The goal of the organization is to deliver, through new toys, messages of hope to needy children to motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

Toys for Tots is for children 12-and-younger, but parents with older children can be adopted by a church or family to help with Christmas gifts.

Clay County Toys for Tots wants to "thank everyone in the community for giving so many toys this year," Mathis said.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Mathis at 442-1914.



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