The organizers of the Lincoln County Toy Drive, now in its 51st year, have begun accepting applications at The Times’ office at 418 Elk Avenue North in Fayetteville.

Spearheaded by the Fayetteville Fire Department, Fayetteville Rotary Club and The Times, the drive provides toys for Christmas for local children up to the age of 12. The Times’ office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Soon, toy drive boxes will be located at more than 30 drop-off locations across the city and county, where people can leave new toys for the benefit of the children. Those locations will be announced in upcoming editions.

In addition, the drive is also accepting monetary donations, 100-percent of which are used to purchase toys for benefiting children. Donation checks should be made payable to the Lincoln County Toy Drive and sent in care of The Times, P.O. Box 9, Fayetteville, or may be given to any member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club or any Fayetteville fireman.

In coming weeks, The Times will also begin listing all of the contributions to the 2017 drive. If you wish to contribute but would like to remain anonymous, simply note that on your check. The deadline for donations is Thursday, Dec. 14.


Buy nights

Santa’s helpers will hold their first buy night for this year’s toy drive at Dollar General Market, located in the shopping center behind McDonald’s on the Huntsville Highway in Fayetteville, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m.

A second buy night is set for Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Fayetteville Walmart, and the third and final buy night will see volunteers returning to Dollar General Market on Thursday, Dec. 14, again at 6 p.m.

Anyone wishing to help in selecting toys for kids is welcome to join Rotarians, firemen and Times’ staffers, as well as other volunteers, on one or all of the buy nights.

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.

The names of the youngsters who benefit are confidential and not shared in any way.

Firemen with the Fayetteville Fire Department will take to the streets for a roadblock benefiting the cause on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Toys will be distributed to families on Thursday, Dec. 21, after 9 a.m. at the Fire Department Substation on Thornton Taylor Parkway.

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