As Fayetteville firefighters braved the rain and wind Saturday morning to raise money for the 52nd annual Lincoln County Toy Drive, the community’s giving spirit was evident -- $10,360 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 Coby Moon, 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, which provides a truck and drivers on buy nights, the Marshes and Big G Express, which gives the effort trailers for hauling the toys, and Triad Packaging out of Athens, Ala., which donates boxes to the drive. Also critical in the effort are Dan and Levi Holt at Lincoln County Vending, and Ken Mackay, also a longtime supporter of the drive.
All total thus far, the drive has raised $13,035 this year.
Applications to benefit from the drive are available at The Times’ office at 418 Elk Avenue North, Fayetteville through Tuesday, Dec. 4. Office hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
It was the biggest cash day yet for the firemen’s annual roadblock, held for the benefit of the Toy Drive, as passersby opened their wallets Saturday and gave $10,360, including $8910 in cash, plus another $1,450 in checks, including the following donations: Dan Holt and Pizza Inn, $500; Stovall’s Body Shop, $500; Tim and Donna Gill, $100; Terry Clevenger, $100; Linda Gentle, $100; Jimmy and Sarah Pendergrass, $100; Black and Rhonda Copple, $25; and Southeast Axle Repair, $25.
Other donations thus far this year include Sandy Williams, $25 in memory of Pete Jean; Kelly and Sandra Stevenson, $100; Andrew Jackson #68 F&AM, $800; Park City Baptist Church Ladies I Sunday School, $100; Ruth Ann Maddox, $100; Jim and Shirley Steelman, $50; Anonymous, $50; Al Horseman, $250; Melanie Laten, $100; Sandy Morrison, $50; Mary Hergert, $100;
Fred and Shirley Soetekouw, $100; Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $250; Linda Mitchell, $100 in memory of April; Bill Newman, $100; Patricia Hopper, $100; Don Wyatt, Attorney at Law, $200; Anonymous, $30; and Ricky and Lucy Williams, $70.
How to donate
Persons wishing to help in the drive can mail in monetary donations by sending a check, made payable to the Lincoln County Toy Drive, to The Times, P.O. Box 9, Fayetteville, 37334, or 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.
Again, 100-percent of monetary donations are used to purchase toys for benefiting children. The deadline for donations is Dec. 14.
Toy boxes have been set up at locations across the city and county, and residents are invited to take toys to the most convenient location. Those sites include the following locations:
- 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.
- Howard Bentley Chevrolet, formerly 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
- 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
- Park City Flea Market and Auction, 2748 Huntsville Hwy.
- Regions Bank, 302 East College Str.
- Riverside Christian Academy
- Shoney’s, 1235 Huntsville Hwy.
- US Bank, 220 East College Street
- Unity Elementary School
Park City Flea Market and Auction at 2748 Huntsville Hwy. will host an auction beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, for benefit of the drive.
The donation of items continues to be accepted through Dec. 7 for the on-site auction. Items may be taken to Park City Flea Market and Auction, located at 2748 Huntsville Hwy., on Fridays from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. To donate items outside of those hours, call Patrick Farnham at 931-691-4081 to coordinate delivery.
Also on Dec. 8, two children’s parties – A Children’s Holiday Fairytale Party – will be held at the Pythian Building on the northwest corner of the square. Available at Massey Insurance, Ivy Wreath or online, children’s tickets are $20 each and include a variety of fun activities as well as a treat and goody bag. Adult tickets are $5 and include a treat and an opportunity to meet the author of “The Patchwork Princess”, written by Connie Arnold. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Toy Drive.
and Other Dates
Santa’s helpers will hold their second buy night for this year’s toy drive on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Walmart (Garden Center entrance) at 6 p.m. The third buy night is set for Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. back at Dollar General Market, located behind McDonald’s.
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.
Toys will be distributed to families on Friday, Dec. 21, after 9 a.m. at the Fire Department Substation on Thornton Taylor Parkway.