Fayetteville firefighters will hit the streets Saturday morning, Dec. 7, as roadblocks are held across the city for the 53rd 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 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.
“This is my first year to be involved in the drive, and already I’m amazed at how the community comes together to ensure that local kids have a great Christmas,” said Jim Baldwin, chief of the Fayetteville Fire Department and a drive co-chair. “I understand that this roadblock is a huge part of the drive, so we especially appreciate everyone who contributes Saturday.”
Applications to benefit from the drive are available at The Times’ office at 418 Elk Avenue North, Fayetteville. The deadline has been extended to 12 noon this Friday, Dec. 6. Last year’s campaign benefited 618 Lincoln County children.
Santa’s helpers held their first buy night last Tuesday at the Dollar General Market behind McDonald’s on the Huntsville Highway in Fayetteville. It was the first of three buy nights in which the community is invited come out and help shop for the kids.
Subsequent buy nights are Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Walmart, and Thursday, Dec. 12, back at Dollar General Market. Each of the events get underway at 6 p.m.
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.
Donations so far
In addition to the firefighters’ roadblock Saturday, residents can also mail in their donations. Checks should be made payable to the Lincoln County Toy Drive and mailed to The Times at P.O. Box 9, Fayetteville, 37334. Donations may be made as well by giving it to any member of the Rotary Club or any Fayetteville firemen. If you wish to contribute but would like to remain anonymous, simply note that on your check.
One hundred percent of monetary donations are used to purchase toys for benefiting children. The deadline for donations is Dec. 13.
Monetary donations so far amount to $2,845 and include the following:
Judy Strope, $100 in memory of Robert Strope, a former fire chief with the Fayetteville Fire Department; Elk Valley Crafters Association, $1,000; Mary Hergert, $100; Lincoln County SkillsUSA Alumni and Advisory Board, $250; Debbie Ragsdale, $250; 10-8 Video, LLC, $250; Brooke and Amy Grubb, $250; Anonymous, $50; Don Wyatt, Attorney at Law, $100; Anonymous, $20; Patricia Hopper, $100; James and Shirley Steelman, $50; Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $250; and Ricky and Lucy Williams, $75.
Toy Drive boxes are located at local banks, businesses and schools across the county. Each is accepting the donation of new, unwrapped toys.
- 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 Str.
- Fayetteville High School
- Fayetteville Middle School
- First Bank, 1927 Wilson Pkwy.
- First National Bank, 405 West College Str. and 2850 Huntsville Hwy.
- 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
- Little Ceasar’s Pizza, 1229 Huntsville Hwy.
- Motlow State Community College Fayetteville Center
- Ninth Grade Academy
- 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
- World Finance, 2280 Thornton Taylor Pkwy.