Collections of several different sorts remain under way of the 82nd edition of Mac’s Toy Fund.
With its roots in the Great Depression, today Mac’s continues to provide Raleigh County children with the trappings of a happy holiday with toys, dolls, bikes, coats, hats and more.
You can help in any number of ways. Monetary donations are always most helpful, but there are other opportunities as well.
As they have for the past few years, Shady Spring High School cheerleaders are conducting a used coat drive. The teens have decorated large boxes that will be placed in businesses in Beckley, Beaver and Shady in which you can place donated coats.
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 Dec. 15 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. email@example.com. 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.
Following are the most recent donations to Mac’s Toy Fund for the 2012 season:
Charlie and Patricia Gail Williamson Fund at the Beckley Area Foundation, for the purchase of bikes and/or bike helmets, $1,000
Madalene Akers of Beckey, in memory of Charles “Chuck” Akers; the Norvell Vass family, Goldie, Billy Sr., Howard; and the Ray Aker family, Byanna, Andrew, $50
Gunner, Luke and Langston, in honor of Jesus’ birthday, $25
Barbara and Jesse Cole of Beckley, $50
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gray of Beckley, $100
Hope Dunlap of Crab Orchard, in memory of husband A. Henson Dunlap, brother Virgil Horton and sister, O. Helen Shumate, $50
Nathaniel Thompson Sr. of Beckley, in memory of mom and dad Elgin and Madeline Thompson and son Nathaniel Thompson Jr., $20
Curtis and Toni McCall of Ghent, $200
Dr. and Mrs. Walter Klingensmith of Beckley, $100
Tammy Hancock of Beckley, in loving memory of husband Phil Hancock and parents Paul and Lib Hancock and Elbert and Nellie Vance, $100
Sophia United Methodist Church Good Samaritan Fund, $25
Nora and Bobby Lester of Ghent, $50
Roy Crawford and Val Catena of North Pole, Alaska, in honor of all disabled veterans, $100
Jack Richmond of Beaver, $50
Susan Landis of Daniels, in honor of Dawn Dayton, Pete Torrico and Sherrie Hunter, $50
In loving memory of Willard and Louise Vandall, $25
Eddie and Theresa Stafford of Beckley, in honor of grandsons Like, Dillon, Levi, Jaxon; “Many thanks for what you do!;” $75
Lloyd and Myra Crook of Beaver, $100
Today’s total: $2.170
Total to date: $9,338.90