Even during this happy holiday season there are people who live among us who just do not have the funds to provide their children with the gifts so many kids desire.
Thank goodness, then, for Mac’s Toy Fund, now in its 83rd year of helping make a happier holiday for such children.
But in order to make that happiness happen, Mac’s needs your help.
Each child who receives an invitation to the party from the Department of Health and Human Services receives one new toy, one used toy and a bag of fruit. So far this year, donations of used toys are lagging and it’s a distinct possibility that there might not be enough to serve every child who attends.
If your child has a closet full of toys they have outgrown or don’t play with any longer, Mac’s asks that you think about donating them to the fund.
Crossroads Chevrolet has come on board as a drop-off site for toys. Used toys also can be taken to BJW Printing on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley.
Some kids who attend the party will be able to choose a bike. The Beckley Board of Realtors is conducting a new bike drive and, as they have for many years, Boy Scout Troop 103 is cleaning, repairing and refurbishing donated used bikes.
Bicycles for the Realtors’ drive can be taken to ERA Advantage at 3082 Robert C. Byrd Drive. Used bikes also can be dropped off at Beckley Fire Station No. 3 on Eisenhower Drive and behind the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Shady Spring High School cheerleaders are conducting a used coat drive again this year. Drop-off locations are Chateau Interiors; Indie Sparrow Boutique in Beckley; Shady Spring Elementary, Middle and High schools; Ghent Elementary; Daniels Elementary; Walgreen’s, Kroger and CVS in Beaver; Family Coin Laundry and Big Lots in Beckley; Chick-fil-A at The Galleria; Raleigh General Hospital cafeteria; Kroger stores in Beckley Crossing and on Harper Road; Sam’s Club; The Register-Herald and Jump Zone at Beckley Plaza.
Coats are needed for adults as well as children.
Mac’s Toy Fund is a totally volunteer organization. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t cost money to run. Monetary donations are needed to fund costs including new toys, fruit, materials for handmade wooden toys, bicycle parts and new coats for children.
The most recent monetary donations are from:
- David M. Daniels of Mount Hope, in loving memory of Maddy C. Daniels, $100
- Anonymous, $25
- The Poe Family, in memory of Mary and Millard Poe, $50
- Randy and Elaine Stone of Shady Spring, $250
- Dorothy Earehart of Daniels, in memory of Bill Earehart, amount withheld
- Cynthia and Georgia Osborne of Beckley, in memory of Aaron McCloud, $25
- Lloyd, Myra and Holly Crook of Beaver, $100
- Ned and Susan Payne of Beckley, $100
- Janet Zutaut of Crab Orchard, in memory of Bob Zutaut, $50
- Richard and Freda Jarrell of Glen Daniel, $200
- James and Uva Mae Salter of Beckley, $25
- Millie Francisco of Beckley, $25
- Carriage Car Co. Inc., “our 21st year,” $100
- Bank of Mount Hope, $100
- David and Susan Fox of Beckley, in honor of their 14 grandchildren, $30
Today’s total: $1,430
Total to date: $7,624.42
Send donations to:
Mac’s Toy Fund
P.O. Box 2398
Beckley, WV 25802