As Fayetteville firefighters took to the streets Saturday to raise money for the 51st annual Lincoln County Toy Drive, the community’s giving spirit was evident — $12,518 was raised by the roadblock alone.
The drive, spearheaded by the firemen along with The Times and Fayetteville Rotary Club, benefits underprivileged children up to the age of 12 from across Lincoln County. This year, the campaign expects to provide Christmas toys for over 500 children.
“We want to thank everyone who stopped to give us money Saturday and to all the businesses and organizations that have seen fit to write us a check,” said Danny Travis, chief of the Fayetteville Fire Department, adding that 100-percent of all donations go toward the purchase of toys for the kids.
Organizers also expressed appreciation to Britt Dye and Fayetteville Public Utilities, Jack Marsh and Big G Express, and Dan and Levi Holt at Lincoln County Vending, for their support which is key to the effort, as well as to Ken Mackay and Sir’s Fabrics, also longtime supporters of the drive.
All total thus far, the drive has raised $14,928 this year.
Applications to benefit from the drive are available at The Times’ office at 418 Elk Avenue North, Fayetteville through Tuesday, Dec. 5. Office hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The firemen’s roadblock Saturday raised $12,518, including the following donations: in memory of Bobby Bankston by the Highland Rim Magnolias, $100; Billy and Donna Miles, $20; Christian Fellowship Church, $2,000; Stovall’s Body Shop, Motors, and Wrecker Service, $500; Elk Valley Crafters, $1,000; Gary and Shannon Barcsansky, $25; Blake and Rhonda Copple, $75; Linda Gentle, $100; Jimmy and Sarah Pendergrass, $100; Mike and Nancy Hopson, $25; Tony and Carol Foster, $30; Caitlyn Young, $25; Danny and Patricia Bryant, $30; Charles and Celia Wallace, $50; Brenda and Ernie Roles, $100; Double T Storage, $100; Kaival Inc. and D&M Market, $201; Isaac Newman, $40; Best Western Fayetteville Inn, $100; and Anonymous, $100.
Other contributions thus far: in memory of April by Linda Mitchell, $100; Shirley and James Steelman, $50; Norman, Bruce, and Bert Johnson, $100; Patricia Hopper, $100; Sandra and Jerry Morrison, $70; Fred and Shirley Soetekouw, $50 and toys; Ricky and Lucy Williams, $75; Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $250; Al and Mary K. Horsman, $200; Anonymous, $25; Anonymous, $100; Buddy and Sandra Stout, $50; Anonymous, $1,000; Don Wyatt, $100; and Rodney and Marilyn Chatman, $150.
How to contribute
Donation checks should be made payable to the Lincoln County Toy Drive and sent in care of The Times, P.O. Box 9, Fayetteville, or may be given to any member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club or any Fayetteville fireman – 100-percent of donations go toward the purchase of toys for benefiting children. The donation deadline is Thursday, Dec. 14.
If you want to contribute but would like to remain anonymous, simply note that on your check.
Toy Drive Donation Sites
Donations of new toys are also being accepted at more than 30 locations across Fayetteville and Lincoln County. Those locations, which follow, are accepting donations through Tuesday, Dec. 12. If you want to contribute but would like to remain anonymous, simply note that on your check.
- Askins Elementary School
- Bank of Lincoln County (all locations): 307 East College, 202 West College and 2702 Huntsville Highway
- Blanche Elementary School
- Howard Bentley Buick-GMC, 1230 Huntsville Hwy.
- CB&S Bank, 1422 Huntsville Hwy.
- Carriage Chevrolet, 1600 Huntsville Hwy.
- Dollar General Market, 1416 Huntsville Hwy.
- Elk Valley Times, 418 Elk Ave, North
- Fayetteville Fire Dept., 300 West Market Str.
- Fayetteville High School
- Fayetteville Middle School
- Fayetteville Municipal Building, 110 Elk Ave. South
- First Bank, 1927 Wilson Pkwy.
- First National Bank, 405 West College Str.
- First Commerce Bank, 304 West College Str.
- Flintville Elementary School
- Highland Rim Elementary School
- Landers-McLarty Toyota, 2970 Huntsville Hwy.
- Lincoln County Courthouse, Trustee’s Office
- Lincoln County High School
- Motlow State Community College Fayetteville Center
- Ninth Grade Academy
- Regions Bank, 302 East College Str.
- Riverside Christian Academy
- Sabghi’s Jewelers, 1302 Huntsville Hwy.
- Shoney’s, 1235 Huntsville Hwy.
- Sir’s Fabrics, 110 Elk Ave. North
- US Bank, 220 East College Street
- Unity Elementary School
Remaining Buy Nights
and Other Dates
Santa’s helpers have two buy nights remaining in this year’s drive –those are Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Walmart at 6 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. at Dollar General Market behind McDonald’s on the Huntsville Highway. Anyone wishing to assist in shopping for the kids is welcome to join organizers on the buy nights.
Every year organizers rotate the buy nights at local businesses that carry a good inventory of toys, enough so as to meet the needs of the drive. Helpers shop for benefiting children and are given the ages and gender of the children so that they shop for appropriate toys. Donations given to the effort are used to purchase the toys.
The names of the youngsters who benefit are confidential and not shared in any way.
Toys will be distributed to families on Thursday, Dec. 21, after 9 a.m. at the Fire Department Substation on Thornton Taylor Parkway.