Organizers and sponsors of the 2012 Anson County Toys for Tots campaign gathered Tuesday evening to help get this year’s toy drive off to a positive start.
The offices for Toys for Tots will be located at 204 E. Wade St. in uptown Wadesboro. Anson County’s Toys for Tots coordinator Vancine Sturdivant said that attorney Robert Little is allowing the organization to use the office rent-free through the holiday season.
“This is a glorious time in Anson County,” Sturdivant said.
Weaver Thomas welcomed volunteers and sponsor to Toys for Tots’ grand opening in its new offices. “It is really good when I look around and see this room full of people,” he said. “When you think about memories from childhood, especially in the month of December, you always think of Christmas morning. That’s why we’re here.”
He went on to explain that the U.S. Marine Corps has provided toys for needy children throughout the United States since 1947. “There are children who will have something on Christmas morning, thanks to your hard work,” Thomas said.
Officer Landric Reid with the N.C. Highway Patrol also spoke during the grand opening. “Our local mission is to bring the joy of Christmas to children and give hope to others,” he said.
Reid added that he’d watched a Toys for Tots DVD that showed two children who had no presents under their tree on Christmas morning, but then, there was a knock at the door and when the children went downstairs, their tree was full of presents. The DVD then cut to two Marines leaving the children’s house. “That’s what we’re all about,” Reid said. “For whatever reason, every child won’t have something on Christmas morning.”
Already, nearly 800 children have signed up to receive toys from Toys for Tots, and the organization is still taking applications, through Nov. 30.
Monetary and toy donations will be accepted through Dec. 18. Toys can be dropped off at any one of the Toys for Tots sponsor locations. They include:
Churches — Harris Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church,Dr. Bernice Bennett; Pleasant Hill / Elizabeth Baptist Church, Pastor Michael McLeod; Lindsey Chapel FCOG, Elder Sylvia McLendon; New Parker Grove, Bishop & Prophetess Walter Ellerbe; New Home Baptist Church, Superior Court Clerk Mark Hammonds; Lilesville Charge UMCs, Pastor Norm Jones Jr.; First Baptist Church, Pastor Everette; Freedom Ministries #1, Elder R. J. Ingram; Fairview Church of God, Elder Donna McNair; Flakes Chapel Baptist Church / The Hair Keepers, Christine Hall; Life Redeeming Center, Sylvia Pratt; Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Ester Lindsey; White Oak Missionary Baptist, Andrea Tillman.
Businesses — Selectronics, Robert Colf; HOLLA, Subrina Hough; Just For Kicks, Weaver Thomas; Town of Ansonville, Mayor Lyndell Ingram; Town of Lilesville, Mayor Pro-Tem Bernice Bennett; Anson County Emergency Services, Ryan Teal; Anson County Child Support, Jennifer Tarlton; Anson County Health Department, Carol Gibson; South Piedmont Community College, Shawna Loftis; Dollar General stores in Polkton and Wadesboro; C’s & T’s Daycare, Annie Parsons; Tractor Supply, Wadesboro, Tim Haire; Alltel Wireless Store; Department of Social Services, Priscilla Little; Anson County School District, Kam McDonald; Faith-Based Center of Hope, Vancine Sturdivant; State Troopers, Officer Landric Reid; State Employees Credit Union, Cassandra Reid; Wadesboro Police Department, Interim Chief Thedis Spencer; Hornwood, Inc., Chuck Horne.
Law Firms — Evadne Smith-Little; Poisson, Poisson & Bowers; Carpenter & Flake Law Office; Clodfelter Law Office.
Officials —State Auditor Beth Woods; Honorable Judge Lisa Thacker; Commissioner Ross Streater; Commissioner Anna Baucom, Commissioner Jarvis Woodburn; Commissioner Vancine Sturdivant; newly elected N.C. Senator Gene McLaurin; and newly elected Board of Education member Mike Turner.
For more information about Toys for Tots in Anson County, contact Vancine Sturdivant at 704-848-4412.