Santa’s helpers in the 53rd Annual Lincoln County Toy Drive will hold their first buy night next 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.

Spearheaded by the Fayetteville Fire Department, Fayetteville Rotary Club and The Times, the Lincoln County Toy Drive provides toys for Christmas for local children up to the age of 12. Last year’s campaign benefited 618 children from across the community.

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.


How to apply

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. Applications will continue to be accepted until Tuesday, Dec. 3.

To apply, you 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 of the information is kept confidential and not shared in any way.


How to donate

In next week’s edition, the locations of more than 30 drop-off sites across the city and county, where toys may be donated, will be announced.

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 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 2019 drive. If you wish to contribute but would like to remain anonymous, simply note that on your check. The deadline for donations is Friday, Dec. 13.


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. Registration forms are available at Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville Middle School, and Ralph Askins Elementary School. The deadline to enter is Friday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m.


Other important dates

Saturday, Dec. 7 — Fayetteville Fire Department will hold roadblocks across the city for the benefit of the drive.

Friday, Dec. 20 – Toys will be distributed to benefiting families after 9 a.m. at the Fire Department Substation on Thornton Taylor Parkway.

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