Toy drive

 Lincoln County Toy Drive boxes have been delivered to nearly 40 locations across Fayetteville and Lincoln County as the 53rd annual campaign continues this week.

Those locations include the following sites, where people can leave their donations of new, unwrapped toys for the campaign, spearheaded by the Fayetteville Rotary Club, The Times and the Fayetteville Fire Department:

  • 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.



Tuesday of next week, Dec. 3, is the deadline for applications in the 2019 drive, which benefits local children up to the age of 12.

Applications are being accepted at The Times’ office at 418 Elk Avenue North in Fayetteville. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Last year’s campaign benefited 618 Lincoln County children. To apply, you will need to provide information about the children, such as their names and ages, as well as household information, including address and income, which assists in the verification process to ensure that those benefiting reside in Lincoln County. All information is kept confidential and not shared in any way.


Buy nights

Santa’s helpers will hold their first buy night Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Dollar General Market behind McDonald’s on the Huntsville Highway in Fayetteville.

It’ll be the first of three buy nights in which the community is invited come out and help shop for the kids. Subsequent buy nights are planned for 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.

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


Monetary donations

Residents will have an opportunity to donate to the drive during the Firemen’s Roadblock to be held Saturday, Dec. 7. Donations can also be mailed in – please make checks payable to the Lincoln County Toy Drive. The mailing address is 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 include the following:

Elk Valley Crafters Association, $1,000; Patricia Hopper, $100; James and Shirley Steelman, $50; Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $250; and Ricky and Lucy Williams, $70.


Key partners

Key partners in the drive include Fayetteville Public Utilities, which provides a truck and drivers on buy nights, Big G Express, which gives the effort trailers for hauling the toys, and Triad Packaging, which donates boxes to the drive.

“We cannot express our appreciation enough to FPU, Big G Express and to Triad,” said Ken Mackay, a longtime co-chair associated with the drive.


Toy Drive fundraisers

Just Shoot Photography is helping the 2019 Lincoln County Toy Drive by offering one family photo for $20 – the $20 goes to the drive. You can upgrade to a mini-session for $100 – your $20 still goes to the Toy Drive.

The Fayetteville High School Elite Cheer team will present the 2019 Miss Pageant Yuletide at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum. Bring a new and unwrapped toy for the drive. You can also make the donation of the toy in the name of a contestant, who’ll compete for the title of Miss Charity.

Park City Flea Market and Auction at 2748 Huntsville Hwy. is also hosting an auction benefiting the drive.

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