Toy drive being held to help needy children


GRAFTON—It’s that time of year again when residents begin making their holiday wish lists, and area children are already thinking of what to ask for this Christmas. For some families, the holidays don’t come with packages neatly wrapped with ribbons and bows, but because of two organizations in Grafton, some of those children may have a present on Christmas Day.

Captain Denise “Dee” Stewart revealed that the Grafton Salvation Army and the Grafton Wal-Mart are teaming up to hold a toy drive this weekend.

While out shopping, be sure to head to the toy aisles and pick up something special for one of the area’s needy children, to help ensure their holiday is a little happier.

“We will have a drop off spot for residents to place their toys on Saturday, November 7 at Wal-Mart,” Stewart shared. “We are hoping that the community shows their generosity once more, like the have done in the past, to help make the season a little merrier for the little ones in the area.”

She reported that the toy drive will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

“After having much success with our back to school supply event, representatives from Wal-Mart contacted us with the idea of holding the toy drive, and we were immediately on board with it,” Stewart said.

She shared that the collected toys will be used for their Forgotten Angel program’s distribution.

The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angel program provides new toys for children to open on Christmas day. This is a program for children whose parents missed the signup deadline, or for those who experience an unexpected hardship before the holiday season and find themselves in need of assistance.

“We try and get as many toys as we can on hand, and then we hold what we call Elf Night, where the parents are able to come in and pick a toy or two for their child,” explained Stewart. “If we are blessed enough to have an abundance of toys donated, then we will use them to help angels from the trees that were not selected.”

Volunteers will be on hand at the toy drive to assist residents. Stewart shared that they are always looking for more folks to get in on the fun and help out a great cause.

For those who would like to donate toys for the areas tots but can’t make it to the toy drive this Saturday, the Grafton Salvation Army will be accepting donations at their Beech Street location.

“Toy donations may be dropped off on Wednesdays and Thursdays from now through the Christmas season, during our regular business hours of from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.,” Stewart noted.

Those with questions about the toy drive or Forgotten Angel Program, or those who wish to volunteer during the drive may call Captain Dee at 443-903-6142.

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