A $2,000 contribution from Christian Fellowship Church and almost $1,000 from Kelso Cumberland Presbyterian Church and its women’s ministry, as well as numerous other contributions, have raised the total given to the Lincoln County Toy Drive to $16,270 as of Monday.
In its 46th year, the drive benefits local underprivileged children up to the age of 12 and is organized by the Fayetteville Fire Department, Fayetteville Rotary Club and The Elk Valley Times.
“Our community has really responded since our plea for donations last week,” said Owen Bagley, a Rotarian and drive co-chair. “As we enter our last week to accept donations, we just want everyone who has contributed to know how much their gifts are appreciated.
“And if you haven’t given yet but would like to make a donation, you still have time,” he added, noting that contributions can be given to any Rotarian, Fayetteville fireman or mailed to The Times’ office at P.O. Box 9, Fayetteville.
Donations of money and/or toys will continue to be accepted through Friday, say organizers, who have the names of approximately 700 Lincoln County children on the list to benefit from the drive this year. One hundred percent of donations go to the purchase of toys for the children. If you wish to contribute but would like to remain anonymous, simply note that on your check.
Donations of new toys can also be taken by The Times at 418 North Elk Avenue, the Fayetteville Fire Department at 300 West Market Street, or Sir’s Fabrics, 110 North Elk Avenue, as well as other locations across the city and county.
Drive organizers expressed their appreciation, too, to the Marshes and Big G Express, which is providing organizers two large trailers for transporting the toys on buy nights, and to Britt Dye and Fayetteville Public Utilities for helping with a truck and drivers on the buy nights. Additionally, they thanked Triad Packaging out of Athens, Ala., which donates boxes to the drive every year.
Christian Fellowship Church, $2,000; Kelso Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $250; Kelso Cumberland Presbyterian Women’s Ministry, $700; Stovall’s Body Shop, Motors, Wrecker Service, $250; Anonymous, $100; Brooke Grubb and Amy Gentle, $250; Neal and Mary Hinson, $100; Beth Hinson, $100; Ricky and Diane Sells, $50; Gary Steger, $100; Anonymous, $50; Anonymous, $25; Anonymous, $25; Peggy Bevels, $25; Anonymous, $100; Linda Mitchell, $100 in honor of April; Anonymous, $100; Mimi Hughes, $25; Sue Riggins, $20; Honey’s Restaurant, $200; Jamie and Katherine Guin, $100; Phillip and Paula Bradford, $500; Ray and Barbara Holland, $100; Marvin and Cathy Powell, $25; Ken and Carol Mackay, $100; Helen Matthews, $200; Mike and Gwen Henderson, $100; Fayetteville ARP Church Adult Bible Class, $50; Doris Hedges, $20; Tom and Peggy Bagley, $100; Dan Beddingfield, $50; Anonymous, $100; Wanda Shelton, $50; Marisa Thornton and Anna Marie, $100; the Galvins, $20; Glenn and Jane Beech, $30; Fred and Shirley Soetekouw, $50, in addition to toys; Anonymous $50; Robert and Eujeania Watson, $50;
Firemen’s roadblock, $7,500, including the following donations: $1,000 from Elk Valley Crafters; $500 from Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Lodge 599; $201 from D&M Market; $250, Anonymous; $100, Robert and Judy Strope; $100, Mid-South Garage; $50, James and Shirley Steelman; $50, Blake and Rhonda Copple; and $25, John Fitzsimmons.
Other donations received include $1,000 from the Mimosa Church of Christ, an annual contributor to the fund.
Additional donations thus far are: Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $250; Robert and Kristin Carter, $100; Jubal and Debbie Ragsdale, $100; Anonymous, $160; Don Holman, $150; Attorney Don Wyatt, $100; $20, Anonymous; $10, Anonymous; $10, Pegga Jenkins (as well as toys donated); $50, Norman B. Johnson and Bruce A. Johnson; John and Laurel Skalko, $10; Boonshill Family and Community Education Club, $20; Anonymous, $50; Anonymous, $100;
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.