FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Volunteers stock up on toys for the Marion County Christmas Toy Store. Each year, parents in Marion County can complete an application to receive free toys for their children through their school.
In previous years, parents could pick their children’s toys, but due to COVID-19, this will be a riding style where parents received a bag of pre-picked toys.
Volunteers spend weeks sorting through all the toys they buy and receive for the toy store. They separate them by age group, so that all children receive adequate gifts.
It’s the 13thand year in which the volunteers organized their toy drive. Fairmont resident Butch Tennant was an organizer for all of them.
“Every child deserves a Christmas,” Tennant said. “Even if the parents are working, young people sometimes don’t have a lot of extra money to buy things for their children and we want to make sure that every child gets through Christmas.”
Tennant said the toy store gets bigger every year and it makes you feel good at Christmas knowing you gave and made someone happy. Last year, volunteers distributed toys to over 700 children.
The organizers are always looking for cash donations or new toy donations. These can be dropped off at the Marion County Election Center. The toy depot also needs volunteers every year. Anyone interested in volunteering on November 30 of this year can call Sharon Burrows at 304-657-6853.