Holiday Toy Drive to host second giveaway Thursday night

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/19/17

The Walker County Commission on Monday heard that due to an excess of toys, a second toy giveaway has been added for Thursday night at the last minute by the Holiday Toy Drive.

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Holiday Toy Drive to host second giveaway Thursday night

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The Walker County Commission on Monday heard that due to an excess of toys, a second toy giveaway has been added for Thursday night at the last minute by the Holiday Toy Drive.

Revenue Auditor Robbie Dickerson of the commission’s office gave a report at Monday’s meeting. 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.

“We had another successful year,” she said. “Last year we went out into the county and the community more, but this year we only went to Cordova, because a lot of the areas were having their own events.”

While in Cordova, the charity gave out 14 bags of toys, she said. The main giveaway was on Saturday at the Walker County Community Action Agency Youth Building, where 82 bags of toys were distributed.

“Now, as our donations, we had several monetary donations, along with some clubs giving us some (gift) cards, which we gave to the older children,” she said. “It became very helpful, because out of the 82 bags we gave out, 20 of those were for teenagers. We normally think of our 4-year-olds to 6-year-olds.” 

Due to the number of teenagers, more toys for younger children are left over, Dickerson said.

Moreover, some more last-minute phone calls have come in requesting toys after Saturday’s event closed down.

“We’re going to have a special event Thursday night at the same location from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in hopes to reach out,” she said. “We obviously want to reach as many families as we can.” 

The special giveaway will be at the Walker County Community Action Youth Building at 1804 6th Ave. in Jasper. Officials hope to give out the remainder of the toys.

“If we do have a few leftover, we will just store those until next year,” she said.

With all the donations, including the gift cards, the charity had $2,660 donated, along with about 388 toys donated in boxes set up in businesses around the area.

District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis noted Dickerson and others volunteer after-hours time on the project.

“On behalf of the commission, Robbie, I just want to thank you for your efforts in this. Again, this is just a great continuing effort that continues to grow each year. We hope to get more and more involved next year. Robbie, you should be commended for your hard work on this,” Davis said.

Dickerson thanked the commission and the communities for their support, particularly for the work of volunteers.

Community Action requires one of several possible items of proof on the day of the giveaway: 

•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.

Anyone with questions may also email wctoydrive1@gmail.com or call Dickerson at 205-388-2880.