Toy Drive

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son

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From 8 a.m. to noon Satur­day, mem­bers of the Sa­line County Ki­wa­nis Club will be at the Ben­ton Wal­mart col­lect­ing toys for chil­dren in need for Christ­mas.

The com­mu­nity ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion is team­ing up with the Churches Joint Coun­cil on Hu­man Needs to en­sure chil­dren in the area have toys un­der the tree Christ­mas morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to toy drive or­ga­nizer Lisa Roth.

Fam­i­lies can sign up through

CJCOHN to re­ceive a bas­ket of food for Christ­mas and toys for their chil­dren. Each fam­ily will go to CJCOHN on Dec. 21 and re­ceive their food. They will be given a slip and in­for­ma­tion about where to pickup the toys.

Last day to turn in ap­pli­ca­tions for the dis­tri­bu­tion is Fri­day. All forms must be com­pleted and re­turned to CJCHON. Photo ID is re­quired.

Roth said they never know how many toys they will need un­til CJCOHN lets them know when signups are over. In the past, they Sa­line County Ki­wa­nis set to host toy drive

have given to more than 1,000 chil­dren.

The group fundraises and col­lects toys through­out the year.

This drive will be one more way they can col­lect.

Even af­ter dis­tri­bu­tion day, Roth said, they help when CJCOHN has fam­i­lies who have needs up un­til Christ­mas.

Roth said Ki­wa­nis is col­lect­ing toys for chil­dren who are in­fants up to the age of 16. They need ev­ery­thing from bikes to games to elec­tron­ics. They can also take baby items.

The Elf Club at Ben­ton Mid­dle School helps col­lect and pur­chase toys. The Dixie Car Club helps each year with dis­tri­bu­tion and pro­vides elec­tron­ics.

Also, the Ben­ton High School Key Club lends hands in prepa­ra­tion lead­ing up to the event.

Roth said Ki­wa­nis could not col­lect and give so much if not for their part­ners and the com­mu­nity, which she said is al­ways very gen­er­ous.

Ki­wa­nis di­vides the items based on age ap­pro­pri­ate­ness and al­lows par­ents or guardians to pick out the gifts.

The group has been col­lect­ing toys for more than 30 years.

New this year, pa­trons will be able to pur­chase and do­nate toys at nearly ev­ery Dol­lar Gen­eral lo­ca­tion through­out the county.

The fol­low­ing stores are not par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s event due to prior agree­ments:

•1225 Mil­i­tary Rd.

•7282 U.S. 270.

•9125 Stage­coach Rd. Roth said Ki­wa­nis is all about help­ing chil­dren in the com­mu­nity. She added that it means a lot to her to be able to give back and all the mem­bers feels it is im­por­tant to en­sure chil­dren have a great Christ­mas.

She en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to drop off a toy at the toy drive to help make a child smile on Christ­mas day.

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