The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 18, 2012

Keeping the dream alive

The Register-Herald


When I come to Mac’s

I see angels without wings working diligently

I see the heart of Christmas ... Jesus ... inspiring through willing hands, compassion and smiles

I feel the spirit of Christmas ... God’s love touching lives with hope and joy

The wreath of kindness encircles us

While I hear the carols of old sound clear, the birth of the Christ Child ...

for the greatest gift ever ... was wrapped in a manger

He is why we can celebrate a Merry Christmas

— Evangeline Stover, former Mac’s recipient

In the end, it all went off without a hitch.

The 82nd edition of Mac’s Toy Fund was completed Saturday after serving some 2,000 happy families.

That happiness is because of you, Mac’s generous donors who, despite an unfriendly financial climate, continue to give to help meet and exceed the campaign goal.

As has been said before, all of the money that is given to Mac’s is used for the children of Raleigh County, providing shiny, new toys; warm coats, hats and gloves; used bikes turned good-as-new and special handmade wooden toys that can be kept for generations. By this, they know that someone cares.

Your generosity also gives Mac’s the opportunity to help children in other ways throughout the year. Any excess funds are used for activities that benefit programs that are, well, just for kids.

So, we thank you for that generosity.

But it isn’t all about giving money. It is about giving of yourselves.

So, we also thank the kids (and their moms and dads) who sorted through their old toys and donated out-grown ones to Mac’s. Such giving can be difficult for a child and Mac’s understands.

We are so thankful for all of the volunteers who came out Saturday to help at the party. We know there were at least 160; that’s how many badges were made and handed out. But there were many others who didn’t get a badge and still worked their hearts out to make the recipients happy.

The volunteers come from all walks of life, all ages. High school cheerleaders. Retired bank presidents. Legislators. Boy Scouts. Girl Scouts. Ministers. School classes. Musicians. Business men and women. This is just the short list; there are many, many more

Programs that last 82 years are rare. People come; people go. Interest wanes. But Mac’s Toy Fund sustains. Born of the Great Depression, it has survived much.

It is you, Mac’s loyal volunteers, who open your wallets — and your hearts — to keep Ted McDowell’s dream alive.

Thank you.