It’s time to clean out your closet and gather all of your gently used coats that you no longer wear to give to Mac’s Toy Fund.
As they have for the past few years, Shady Spring High School cheerleaders are conducting the drive, led by sponsor Dana Blankenship.
The teens have decorated large boxes that will be placed in businesses in Beckley, Beaver and Shady in which you can place donated coats.
Many children and adults throughout Raleigh County shiver their way through winter, lacking a decent coat to keep them warm.
New and used coats are being accepted for Mac’s Toy Fund at Chateaux Interiors in Beckley; Kroger at Beaver, Harper Road and Beckley Crossing; CVS in Beaver; Big Lots in Beckley; Chick-fil-A at Beckley Galleria; Family Coin Laundry; The Register-Herald; Walgreens in Beaver; Raleigh General Hospital; Chili’s in Beckley and all Shady Spring schools.
Mac’s also needs donations of used bikes, toys and dolls so that the fund can meet the need of the nearly 4,500 children who will receive invitations through the Department of Health and Human Resources to attend the distribution.
If you would like to donate a bike and need someone to pick it up, please call 304-252-3874 or e-mail bsa.troop.103. firstname.lastname@example.org. The bike need not be in perfect condition; Boy Scouts of Troops 103 and 3 will make repairs.
Used toys and dolls should be dropped off at BJW Printing and Office Supplies, 3100 Robert C. Byrd Drive, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Always important are the monetary donations we receive from friends, old and new. Following are the most recent donations to Mac’s Toy Fund for the 2012 season:
— Queen Thompson of Beckley, $25
— Jim and Rita Harper of Beckley, for grandkids Priya, Lira, DJ, Noaha, Lucas James Jason Lee; also for dogs Bubba Ray and Barney, “Thank you for your hard work, love of kids”; $25
— P.H. and Sharon Calfee of Beckley, $100
— Chris and Janet Marty of Fayetteville, in memory of Brian Marty, $50
— Ed and Linda Eckley of Beckley, $100
— Joyce Maynor of Beckley and Chris and Brittany (Maynor) Fortier of Oakton, Va., in loving memory of Roger D. Maynor Jr. and Callyn Brett Maynor, $100
— Larry Poe of Sophia, in memory of Millard and Mary Poe, $50
— Nancy and Bill Cameron of Daniels, $50
— Tom and Pat Mitsoyianis of Beckley, in honor of grandsons Tyler, Todd and Tray and in memory of Catherine Mitsoyianis, “To all associated with this special toy fund, you do a terrific job each year! Thanks!”; $100
Today’s total: $600
Total to date: $7,168.90
Send donations to:
Mac’s Toy Fund
P.O. Box 2398
Beckley, WV 2580