Spread­ing Cheer

Car­son to hold an­nual toy drive at all three lo­ca­tions

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

Once again, all three Car­son Phys­i­cal Ther­apy lo­ca­tions will be col­lect­ing toys for lo­cal chil­dren for Christ­mas through Dec. 17.

“The feel­ing of Christ­mas that it puts in your heart is in­cred­i­ble,” said Owner Adam Car­son. “We want to give back. We want to help our com­mu­nity. We want to be in­volved.”

Car­son has three lo­ca­tions, lo­cated at 1221 B. High­way 35 N. in Ben­ton, 3241 Main St. Suite

3, in Bryant, and 20800 Arch St. Pike, in East End. All three will have trees set up to col­lect the new un­wrapped gifts for kinder­garten through fourth­graders.

The drive needs a range for all the ages, not only the younger stu­dents. Car­son said he knows toys for younger chil­dren are cute, but he wants to be able to give to the older ages as well. He sug­gested balls, board games, Lit­tlest Pet Shop and items for girls to do their nails.

Car­son plans to take the toys col­lected to a lo­cal ele­men­tary school where the coun­selor knows which kids are in need. If any of the toys are left over, the coun­selor dis­trib­utes them to other ele­men­tary schools in Saline County. He said all the gifts will re­main lo­cal.

Car­son be­lieves it is im­por­tant for chil­dren to be able to re­ceive new toys for Christ­mas.

“New gifts and toys trig­ger some­thing in the brain — hap­pi­ness, a smile. They cre­ate me­mories. Those toys from when you were lit­tle shape your life a bit,” he said.

Since Car­son be­gan his busi­nesses, he has tried to build a cul­ture and com­mu­nity among the em­ploy­ees and clients. The drive also pro­vides a place to do­nate for those who want to give back. Car­son es­ti­mated that last year’s toy drive brought in around 300 items. He asks that the bar codes on all gifts be marked out with a sharpie to pre­vent par­ents re­turn­ing toys for money. As part Car­son of the holds col­lec­tion a potluck cel­e­bra­tion, at his Bryant of­fice for staff, friends, cur­rent and former pa­tients and the com­mu­nity. This year’s potluck will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thurs­day.

He be­lieves the potluck is a great way to get peo­ple in the Christ­mas spirit.

Donors don’t have to at­tend the potluck to do­nate gifts. They can drop them off by any of the three lo­ca­tions dur­ing busi­ness hours any day.

ELISHA MOR­RI­SON./THE Saline Courier

The toys col­lected dur­ing Car­son Phys­i­cal Ther­apy’s an­nual toy drive go to lo­cal chil­dren who may not oth­er­wise re­ceive toys for Christ­mas. All three Car­son’s lo­ca­tions will be col­lect­ing through Dec. 17.

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