Toy drive to fea­ture live na­tiv­ity scene

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­

Along with col­lect­ing toys for lo­cal fam­i­lies, a toy drive this week­end will also fea­ture a live na­tiv­ity scene.

Toy Troop­ers will be col­lect­ing toys at the south­west cor­ner of the Bryant Wal­mart park­ing lot from 6 a.m. Fri­day through 5 p.m Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to James Ballew, founder of the drive.

The event will kick off live on “The Show with No Name” on The Buzz 103.7. Var­i­ous ra­dio sta­tions will also broad­cast live from the event.

The na­tiv­ity scene, pro­vided by Cock­rill’s Coun­try Crit­ters, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Ballew, he has wanted to fea­ture a live na­tiv­ity scene at the event since the drive be­gan 20 years ago.

Through­out the week­end, there will be games for chil­dren to en­joy as well as mu­sic, food and drinks, Ballew said.

Ballew and his wife, Tammy, started the drive 20 years ago as a way to teach their son about the power and joy of giv­ing.

In­di­vid­u­als who need help with toys this hol­i­day sea­son are en­cour­aged to con­tact the Churches Joint Coun­cil on Hu­man Needs, Ballew said.

Special to The Saline Courier

A live na­tiv­ity scene, pro­vided by Cock­rill’s Coun­try Crit­ters, will be fea­tured dur­ing the Toy Troop­ers Toy Drive on Fri­day and Satur­day at Wal­mart in Bryant. Fam­i­lies can visit from 6 to 9 p.m. both days.

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