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The 46th annual Lincoln County Toy Drive spearheaded by the Fayetteville Rotary Club, Fayetteville Fire Department and The Elk Valley Times, will hold roadblocks across the city Saturday morning, Dec. 1.
“The roadblock is a big part of the drive,” said Danny Travis, chief of the Fayetteville Fire Department and a drive co-chair. “We appreciate folks opening up their billfolds and purses for us – 100-percent of every dollar donated goes toward purchasing new toys for the kids.”
Donations are also being accepted in the campaign, which benefits local underprivileged children up to the age of 12. Checks can be made payable to the Lincoln County Toy Drive and sent in care of The Times, P.O. Box 9, Fayetteville, or given to any member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club or any Fayetteville firemen. If you wish to contribute but would like to remain anonymous, simply note that on your check.
And donations of new toys can also be taken by The Times at 418 North Elk Avenue, Sir’s Fabrics at 110 North Elk Avenue, or the Fayetteville Fire Department’s main fire hall at 300 West Market Street, as well as a host of other locations across Fayetteville and Lincoln County.
Donations received thus far in the 2012 campaign include the following:
Miles and Bobbie Springfield, $100 in memory of Johnny Malone; Gayle Pettersen Hughes, $50; Ricky and Lucy Williams, $50; and The Elk Valley Times, $250.
This Year’s Campaign
With times being as they are and the drives of the last four years serving record numbers of children, organizers believe the need for assistance will be great again this year.
“A lot of families are struggling with difficult times this year,” said Owen Bagley, a Fayetteville Rotarian and toy drive co-chair this year, adding, “so now, more than ever, we need the community to step up and help us bridge the gap.
“Every dollar given is really appreciated, and in the hearts of so many children here, it really does make a difference,” he said.
The 2011 campaign raised $16,353 and benefited 779 children.
“The organizers of this drive do an amazing job with the funds raised,” said Lucy Williams of The Times, also a Rotarian and drive co-chair. “Even spending just $25 per child means that we must raise approximately $19,000, and to do that, it will take everyone.”