Masons Toy Drive

Masons of Andrew Jackson Lodge #68 present $2,000 to the Lincoln County Toy Drive for this year’s campaign, organized by the Fayetteville Rotary Club, The Elk Valley Times, and the Fayetteville Fire Department. In addition, another $100 was donated to the drive by an anonymous individual in honor of the Masons. The Order of the Eastern Star also contributed to the donations. Now in its 55th year, the drive provides Christmas toys for hundreds of Lincoln County children up to the age of 12.

Fayetteville firefighters will hit the streets Saturday morning, Dec. 4, as roadblocks are held across the city for the 55th Annual Lincoln County Toy Drive, which will benefit hundreds of local children up to the age of 12 this year.

Organized by the Fayetteville Fire Department, Fayetteville Rotary Club and The Elk Valley Times, with the help of a number of partners throughout the community, the drive provides toys for Christmas for youths across the county. Other key helpers in the effort include Fayetteville Public Utilities, which provides a truck and drivers on buy nights, Big G Express, which lends the effort trailers for hauling the toys, and Triad Packaging, which donates boxes to the drive.

“The Fayetteville Fire Department always looks forward to our annual roadblock for the Toy Drive,” said Tony Kimbrough, chief of the Fayetteville Fire Department. “The drive relies on the donations we’ll receive at the roadblock, and 100 percent of the money donated goes toward the purchase of toys – we appreciate everyone who opens up their purses and wallets so that we can provide the best Christmas possible for the kids.”

Applications to benefit from the drive are available at The Times’ office at 418 Elk Avenue North, Fayetteville, as well as on the Fayetteville Rotary Club’s website at www.fayettevillerotary.com. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, Dec. 3.

Shopping nights

Santa’s helpers held their first buy night on Tuesday, Nov. 16, but two buy nights remain. The community is invited come out and help shop for the kids.

Remaining buy nights are Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Fayetteville Walmart (garden center entrance), and Thursday, Dec. 9, at Dollar General Market, also in Fayetteville.

Every year organizers arrange the buy nights at local businesses that carry a good inventory of toys, enough so as to meet the needs of the drive. Helpers are given the ages and gender of the children and shop for appropriate toys. Monetary donations given to the effort are used to purchase the toys.

Volunteer shoppers are given the ages and gender of the children they will be shopping for, and then they shop for appropriate toys. No other information about the benefiting children is shared. The toys are then purchased through the Fayetteville Rotary Club Foundation’s Toy Drive Donation Fund.

Donations thus Far

Andrew Jackson Lodge #68 F&AM, $2,000; Anonymous, $50 in honor of the Andrew Jackson Lodge #68 F&AM; Lincoln County Piecemakers, $250; Taylor Made Market, $50; Anonymous, $50; Ricky and Lucy Williams, $75; Brooke and Amy Grubb, $200; Jim and Shirley Steelman, $50; Don & Betty Holman, $100; Anonymous, $25; and Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $250.

How to donate

Monetary donations to this year’s campaign are also being accepted through Thursday, Dec. 16.

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. Again this year, The Times is listing all monetary contributions to the drive. If you wish to contribute but would like to remain anonymous, simply note that on your check.

Donations of new toys area also being accepted at locations across the community.

Those locations include the following sites, where people can leave their donations of new, unwrapped toys for the campaign:

• Askins Elementary School

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

• Blanche Elementary School

• 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 St.

• Fayetteville High School

• Fayetteville Middle School

• First Bank, 1927 Wilson Pkwy.

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

• First Commerce Bank, 304 West College St.

• Flintville Elementary School

• Highland Rim Elementary School

• Landers-McLarty Toyota, 2970 Huntsville Hwy.

• Lincoln County Courthouse, Trustee’s Office

• Lincoln County High School

• Little Ceasar’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 St.

• Riverside Christian Academy

• Sabghi’s Jewelers, 1302 Huntsville Hwy.

• Shoney’s, 1235 Huntsville Hwy.

• South Lincoln Elementary School

• US Bank, 220 East College Street

• Unity Elementary School