Raising funds for “Toys for Joy” gains community support

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

November 26, 2013

WILLIAMSON - With an increase in unemployment in the Tug Valley area and a decrease in donations to help those in need, the dedicated organizers of the “Toys for Joy” program were hard at work Saturday evening, serving a delicious spaghetti dinner to a good number of people who purchased tickets to assist with raising money for the worthy cause.

Event coordinator, April Mullins, stated that the event was a great success, and said that without the support team behind her that served as kitchen helpers, waitresses, hostess and musical entertainment, the evening would not have been possible. Several kind-hearted cooks also prepared dishes that were served during the dinner and were much appreciated.

“First of all, I have want to say a huge thank you to Judy Holbrook for allowing us to have the fundraising dinner at the Righteous Brew,” remarked Mullins. “We sold all of our tickets and every seat was taken, plus we had several people who took advantage of our take out dinners.”

“Our group of volunteers are awesome,” said the coordinator. “Amanda Mines, Kim Evans, Betina Elliot, Gina Kay, Tara Smith, Tiffany Lester, Chanda Mounts, Danille Browning, Jolene Wolford, Rachel Baldwin, Brittany Haynes, Tonya Taylor, Grace Baldwin and Todd Mullins made the night possible. Our entertainment was provided by Katie Rose Curry, Jenna Dotson and Tiaana and Adrienne Lester.”

‘We make a great team and have one goal in sight, that being to provide a Merry Christmas for children in need. We share a mutual love for these kids, and we want to see their faces light up when they realize they are not forgotten.”

“No child - no matter what the situation or circumstance may be - deserves to have no presents for Christmas. They need to know that someone cares, that they’re loved and thought of.”

“The Reach Out Community Church at Gilbert has pitched in and have helped tremendously,” remarked Mullins. “Pastor Rawls, his wife and congregation have all embraced our group and we’re so blessed to have them onboard. We are hoping that other churches, businesses and organizations will do the same.”

The ‘Toys for Joy” group will be holding fundraising roadblocks on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, in Williamson at the intersection near the BB&T Bank and on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6th and 7th, they will be trying their luck at the entrance of the Southside Mall, in front of Hardee’s on U.S. Rt. 119. Toys may be dropped off at collection sites including Food City, The Williamson Daily News, Jeff Simpkins Law Office, ARH, Rumora and Rumora, The Righteous Brew, Mingo-Wayne Home Health, WMH, Williamson Fire Department, Precision Graphics, Hurley Drug, The Larry Joe Harless Center, Air-Evac and the Reach Out Community Church and several other locations.

For more information on how you can assist with the fundraiser, you may contact Mullins at 304-475-3551 or 304-784-4459, Rachel Baldwin at 304-235-4242 ext. 18 or Jolene Wolford at 606-237-9797.

“We have a lot of kids to take care of, so we are asking that you play a part in making their Christmas one to remember,” said Mullins. “Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.”