It’s nine days and counting until the 2012 Mac’s Toy Fund distribution event. On Dec. 15, as many as 4,400 children will enter the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, hoping that Santa has visited, leaving lots of toys for them.
First organized in 1930 by Beckley Post Herald Editor Ted “Mac” McDowell, the fund has been giving a happier holiday to thousands of Raleigh County children for 82 years. And even in tough economic times, donors have come through to keep Mac’s going.
Monetary donations are very important, paying for new toys, bikes and bike repairs and helmets, new coats, fruit, materials for hand crafted toys and venue rental.
There is a great need for used toys and dolls which 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.
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.
Shady Spring High School cheerleaders are conducting a used coat drive. The teens have placed large decorated boxes 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.
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Following are the most recent donations to Mac’s Toy Fund’s 2012 fundraising drive:
Mary Moore, in memory of son Darrell Moore who passed away 13 years ago today, $25
Brenda Meadows in memory of husband Owen C. Meadows MD, $100
Charles Cappellari, $100
Rock Lick Community Church, $200
Bonnie and George Sweeney Jr. of Shady Spring, in memory of George Sweeney Sr., $38
David Reitz of Daniels, in memory of Ileta Sanford, $100
Church of the Brethren Fellowship Bible Class, Crab Orchard, $60
Harry and Elizabeth Green of Crab Orchard, in loving memory of her brother Junior C. “Bill” Bowling, $50
Diesel, the English Bulldog, “I have picked up the challenge from the two dogs pictured in the paper. I also love kids. As a matter of fact, I love everybody! Here is my donation to Mac’s Toy Fund,” $200
Mohammed and Surayia Hasan of Beckley, for grandchildren Dalya and Anya, $300
Maggie L. Walker Temple #738, $50
Ray and Dot Lester of Beckley, in memory of son, Danny Ray Lester, $100
Today’s total: $1,323
Total to date: $11,736.90
Send donations to:
Mac’s Toy Fund
P.O. Box 2398
Beckley, WV 25802