Toy drive ends successful season
The local annual Toys for Tots toy drive ended with a successful final event at the Open Door Dec. 22, providing Christmas gifts for 113 children.
The event was unlike any other the organization has done before, said Brandon Wilson, who was involved with planning for Toys for Tots.
Each year, parents who wish to receive toys for their children from the toy run must fill out an application. Usually, Wilson said, Toys for Tots organizers gather the toys and have parents come pick them up.
But at the Open Door event, parents were allowed to come browse the toys and choose their children's gifts themselves.
Toys were collected at several events throughout the holiday season at Frog Level Brewing, Tipping Point Tavern and at remote booths run by the Haywood County Sheriff's Office and several local businesses.
Altogether, the organization handed out 389 toys at the Open Door that day.
Each family was also provided a turkey dinner after choosing their toys at the Open Door.
Volunteers at the event included Long's Chapel, local Marines Andrew Brewer and Derek Murchie, April Carroll and Mindy Wood from the Open Door, Josh Fields from Calvary Road Baptist Church and Haywood County Girl Scout Troop 3058.
"It is important to let the citizens of Haywood County know that their donations have a positive impact here in Haywood County. Over 1,200 children in Haywood County benefited from this years drive," Wilson said.