Holiday Toy Drive giveaway delayed until Dec. 16

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/5/17

A Holiday Toy Drive will delay its giveaway from Saturday, Dec. 9, to Saturday, Dec. 16, with hopes of getting more toys donated.

Revenue Auditor Robbie Dickerson of the Walker County Commission’s office, who is helping lead the drive, said, “We’re going to accept toys through next week and have the main event on” Dec. 16.

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Holiday Toy Drive giveaway delayed until Dec. 16

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A Holiday Toy Drive will delay its giveaway from Saturday, Dec. 9, to Saturday, Dec. 16, with hopes of getting more toys donated.

Revenue Auditor Robbie Dickerson of the Walker County Commission’s office, who is helping lead the drive, said, “We’re going to accept toys through next week and have the main event on” Dec. 16.

“We’ve got donations and toys coming next week and we don’t want to miss it,” she said. “So we’re going to wait so we can incorporate those into the giveaway. Everything else is the same. Just the date changed.” 

She said collections of toys in various boxes set out is low compared to last year. However, she also noted the drive was extended a week last year. “It made the biggest difference,” she said. “Hopefully this will, too.” 

The Rotary Club of Jasper, one of the drive’s big supporters, will have its donations to make next week, which led officials to decide to wait a week for those toys and for others who might donate at the last minute.

“We’ll leave the boxes out and just collect from them toward the end of next week,” Dickerson said.

The drive is being held for the third year to benefit the children of Walker County, with hopes $3,000 or more in money also comes in to make up for the loss of a 2016 grant that won’t come in this year.

Dickerson said this year the drive, which is now in its third year to benefit the children of Walker County, is partnering with the Walker County Community Action Agency. Toys will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Walker County Community Action Youth Building at 1804 6th Ave. in Jasper.

Sponsors for the event include the Walker County Commission, the City of Jasper, Jasper Main Street and the Jasper Water Works and Sewer Board. It also is partnering with Walker County Acts of Kindness.

Boxes to collect toys are set up at the Daily Mountain Eagle, the Walker County Commission Office, the Walker County Revenue Office, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Carl Cannon Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, BBVA/Compass Bank Downtown, First Bank of Jasper (main office), Los Reyes Grill, Lavish Boutique, Ford CDJR of Jasper, Fred’s Department Store, Jasper Civic Center, Jasper City Hall, Jasper Water Works and Sewer Board, Memorial Park Natatorium, Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, Pinnacle Bank (downtown), Bank of Walker County, Honda of Jasper, Scott Crump Toyota and Desperation Church.

Anyone writing a check can make it out to Holiday Toy Drive, she said.

Some clubs and individuals help by donating gift cards. “That helps us to couple the gift card with something else, especially for the older children. Then they spend they spend the gift card if they would like,” she said, noting older children have received gifts like wallets, with gift cards put in them. Dickerson said new toys can be donated for babies through 18 years of age. Books are also considered a good donation.

As for distribution, parents do not have to prequalify earlier than Dec. 16. Community Action receives the parents on Dec. 16, requiring one of several possible items of proof that day: 

•a Food Stamp award letter with children’s birth certificate, or •recipient of 2017 Energy Assistance from Community Action, or •recipient of 2017 Food Assistance from Salvation Army, or •parent ID, children’s birth certificate, and proof of household monthly income.

Households must be 150 percent poverty or below, Dickerson said.

Community Action then cross references with other relief agencies to make sure the people helped are not getting help from other agencies, she said, so more families are helped.

In 2016, a total of 151 families were served with 602 bags of toys, with each bag having three items, excluding books and some other select items. The first year 4,000 toys were donated.

Dickerson said last year some carloads of extra toys were delivered for a select number of areas where low-income families lived. They may also email wctoydrive1@gmail.com or call Dickerson at 205-388-2880.