Giving rises to over $17k as toy drive enters final week

The Lincoln County High School Skills USA and Lincoln County Skills USA Alumni Chapter present a donation of $250 to the 54th Annual Lincoln County Toy Drive, which benefits local children up to the age of 12. Accepting the presentation are Jamie Bone of The Elk Valley Times, Ken Mackay representing the Fayetteville Rotary Club, and Lt. Brandon Gentry of the Fayetteville Fire Department.


The 2020 annual Lincoln County Toy Drive has raised $17,297 and will benefit over 500 children, according to organizers, who extend a huge thanks to the community for donations since the drive got underway in November.

In its 54th year, the drive benefits underprivileged children up to the age of 12 from across Lincoln County. It is spearheaded by the Fayetteville Rotary Club, The Elk Valley Times, and the Fayetteville Fire Department.

“Without the support of community and all those who contribute, we couldn’t do this,” said Marisa Thornton, Rotary Club president, noting that 100 percent of donations go toward the purchase of toys for the kids. “We also appreciate all of our collection sites across the county and all the people, adults and kids alike, who have donated new toys at each of those locations. We’re continuing to accept donations through Thursday.”

Drive organizers also expressed their appreciation to key partners in the effort – Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU), the Marsh family and Big G Express, and Triad Packaging. FPU provides drivers and a rig to pull trailers on each of the buy nights, while Big G Express out of Shelbyville provides trailers in which the toys are transported on those buy nights. Triad Packaging out of Athens, Ala., provides boxes for the effort.

“Fayetteville Public Utilities, Big G Express, and Triad Packaging have been instrumental to the drive for so many years,” said Jamie Bone of The Times, also a drive co-chair. “We certainly want to express our appreciation to each of them.”

“We also appreciate the Masons of Andrew Jackson Lodge #68,” said Lt. Brandon Gentry of the Fayetteville Fire Department, another of the drive’s co-chairs. “In addition to presenting a donation of $1,500 to the drive this year, they’ve also assisted us on each of our buy nights. This is the third year they’ve lent us a big hand, and we appreciate it so much.”

Toys will be distributed to families on Wednesday, Dec. 23, after 9 a.m. on the parking lot of Fayetteville High School, located at 1800 Wilson Parkway where folks will be able to drive through and pick up their toys without having to get out of their vehicles. Everyone will be encouraged to wear facemasks.


Thus far, monetary donations include the following:

Firefighters’ Roadblock, $12,242.31 ($9,771.31 in cash and change and $2,471 in checks), including Stovall’s Body Shop and Wrecker Service, $1,000; Lincoln County Piecemakers, $250; Fayetteville Best Western, $101; Alex Boyce State Farm Insurance, $100; Charles and Barbara Parks, $25; Faye Golden, $50; Tom and Peggy Bagley, $100; Blake and Rhonda Copple, $100; Phillip and Paula Bradford, $500; the Leake Family, $25; Anonymous, $100; Brian and Amanda Curtis, $20; and Anonymous, $100;

Other donations thus far include Andrew Jackson Lodge #68 F&AM, $1,500; Spray’s Jewelers, $300; Lincoln County High School Skills USA and Lincoln County Skills USA Alumni, $250; Jimmy Pendergrass, $60; Molino FCE, $50; Glen Beech, $25; Dixie Smith, $100; Teresa Brown, $50; Robert Phraner, $50; Anonymous, $10; Kirit G. Patel, $200; Margaret Briley, $20; James and Shirley Steelman, $50; Paula Hill, $30; Linda Mitchell, $100 in memory of April; Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $250; Brooke and Amy Grubb, $250; Don Wyatt Attorney at Law, $100; Anonymous, $20;

Carolyn Denton, $50; Anonymous, $25; Anonymous, $200; Fred and Shirley Soetekouw, $100; Anonymous, $500; Robert B. Ottley, D.M.D., $35; Anonymous, $30; Don and Betty Holman, $100; Carol and Tony Foster, $50; Paul Henry, $100; Bill Newman, $50, Anonymous, $20; the Family of Charles (Fuzzy) Harmening, $50; .Anonymous, $100; and Anonymous, $500.

Thursday, Dec. 17, is the deadline for donations.

Donation checks should be made payable to the Lincoln County Toy Drive and sent in care of The Times at P.O. Box 9, Fayetteville, TN, 37334, or given to any member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club or any Fayetteville firemen.

To Donate Toys

Donations of new toys are being accepted through Thursday at each of the following sites:

•        Bank of Lincoln County (all locations): 307 East College, 202 West College and 2702 Huntsville Highway

•        Howard Bentley Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, 1600 Huntsville Hwy.

•        Boneyard Auto & Salvage, 156 Molino Rd.

•        CB&S Bank, 1422 Huntsville Hwy.

•        Dollar General Market, 1416 Huntsville Hwy.

•        Elk Valley Times, 418 Elk Ave, North

•        Fayetteville Fire Dept., 300 West Market Str.

•        First Bank, 1927 Wilson Pkwy.

•        First National Bank, 405 West College Str. and 2850 Huntsville Hwy.

•        First Commerce Bank, 304 West College Str.

•        Landers-McLarty Toyota, 2970 Huntsville Hwy.

•        Lincoln County Courthouse, Trustee’s Office

•        Little Caesar’s Pizza, 1229 Huntsville Hwy.

•        Motlow State Community College Fayetteville Center

•        Park City Flea Market and Auction, 2748 Huntsville Hwy.

•        Pizza Inn, 2762 Huntsville Hwy., Suite A

•        Regions Bank, 302 East College Str.

•        Riverside Christian Academy

•        Shoney’s, 1235 Huntsville Hwy.

•        Sonic, 1228 Huntsville Hwy.

•        US Bank, 220 East College Street

•        Unity Elementary School