FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The 12th Annual Marion County Christmas Toy Store will still be held despite the challenges 2020 has presented to it.
At the toy store‘s board meeting on September 2, the board members made the final decision to do a drive-through shopping spree. The council also decided to change the date. Usually organized on Black Friday, the members of the board of directors pushed back the date of the Top Shop to Saturday, December 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This way, parents don’t have to leave their jobs to attend the event.
Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, Butch Tennant, chairman of the Christmas toy store board of directors, said they still aim to deliver the same number of gifts per child as in the past. This would include two huge toys, coloring books, reading books, and stuffed animals.
Tennant said the number of gifts they can put in each bag for the kids depends on how much money they can collect before the event.
“When they pass, we’ll just give them a bag of toys, and that might not be what they wanted, but even when they are shopping, it might not be what they want. wanted. They might not have what they want, but at least every kid will have something for Christmas, and that’s our theme, ”Tennant said. “We’re going to do our best to create gifts that we think the kids want, but we just want to make sure every kid gets something.”
The next Christmas toy store board meeting will be on Wednesday, October 1. The Marion County School Board will be there so they can work to put together the handouts for the kids to hand out.
If you would like to donate, you can send checks or cash to 925 Sylvan Avenue, Fairmont, West Virginia, 26554.
If you donate, you can benefit from a tax reduction. Call Butch Tennant at (304) -203-8385 for more information.