Tuesday of next week, Dec. 4, is the deadline for applications in the 2018 Lincoln County Toy Drive, which benefits local children up to the age of 12 and is spearheaded by the Fayetteville Fire Department, The Times and the Fayetteville Rotary Club.
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 570 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.
The Fayetteville Fire Department’s annual roadblock for the Toy Drive will be held Saturday morning, Dec. 1.
“The roadblock is a big part of the drive,” said Coby Moon, chief of the Fayetteville Fire Department and a drive co-chair. “We appreciate folks opening up their billfolds and purses for us - 100 percent of every dollar given goes toward purchasing new toys for the kids.”
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 Sandy Williams, news editor of The Times and a drive co-chair. “We also appreciate Ken Mackay, who continues to be very involved in the drive – it takes everyone working together, with support from the community, to make the drive successful each year.”
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.
How to donate
In addition to donating during the Firemen’s Roadblock Saturday, folks can also 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.
Monetary donations so far include the following: 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.
Drive donation sites
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
and Other Dates
Santa’s helpers will hold their first buy night for this year’s toy drive at Dollar General Market located behind McDonald’s in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. A second buy night is set for Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Walmart (Garden Center entrance) at 6 p.m., and the third buy night is set for Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. back at Dollar General Market.
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.