The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 25, 2012

Donation doesn’t have to be huge to make a big difference

Mac’s time

— A ginormous jar of pennies.

For many that is the meaning of the 82-year Christmas staple known as Mac’s Toy Fund.

Mac’s was begun all those many years ago to make sure children whose families may not be in the best of financial circumstances find holiday presents under their trees.

We don’t know for sure how many children were served by Mac’s back in the day, but we do know how many youngsters — last year more than 4,400 — are in need out there now who depend on the generous Christmas spirit of hundreds of donors who help Mac’s make its goal every year.

Back to that ginormous jar. We don’t know how much change is in it yet; it remains to be counted. But it symbolizes that a donation to Mac’s doesn’t have to be huge in amount to make a difference in getting us to the goal of $25,000.

Any donation in any amount will help get us there.

In all of the years of Mac’s existence, we have made it through with your donations. We see so many of the same names year after year. It’s like getting together with old friends.

Quite a few of our donations come from outside Raleigh County and even outside West Virginia. Some of the folks were Mac’s children themselves.

Every penny that Mac’s receives goes back into the toy distribution party; there are no administrative costs. The officers who run the fund do not get paid. The volunteers who help put the party on do it for the love of the children.

The donations you send in are used to pay the costs of the party — toys, materials for unique handmade wooden toys, fruit, building rental, bike parts, batteries, children’s coats and such.

Even if your wallet is a little thin this year, you can still help. We need good used toys to supplement the new ones, used dolls, used bikes, gently used clean coats and even just your presence to volunteer the day of the party. Trust us. That will give you your own little feel-good glow to carry you through the season.

Mac’s Toy Fund is so grateful to its donors. Even in these recent years of financial hardship for many, Mac’s friends have never let us down.

Please, help us — however much or little you can.

Even ginormous jars of pennies help!


To make a monetary donation, send checks to:

Mac’s Toy Fund

PO Box 2398

Beckley WV 25802

To volunteer to help in other ways, call 304-255-4459.