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Toys for Tots registration set for next weekend, donations still accepted

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By Beth Braden

Toys for Tots is prepared to make the holidays brighter for needy families in Campbell County.

“We’ve done all our fundraising events and we’re just waiting for those that have raised their monies to go ahead and turn that in,” said Debi Mikesell, a Toys for Tots volunteer.

Parents or guardians may register their children for the toy-giving program on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campbell County Courthouse Lobby.

Jellico residents will be able to sign up in Jellico on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jellico conference room next to the library.

The distribution date and time will be given during the registration process. This year, Jellico residents will be able to pick up their toys in Jellico.

“We’ve got a local business person who’s donated a box truck to allow us to be able to transport those toys,” Mikesell said.

Any Campbell County resident is eligible to sign up, but parents or guardians must bring proof of residence and a birth certificate or social security card for each child they’re registering.

Last year, more than 650 children received toys for Christmas when they might have otherwise gone without.

For those who wish to help out, donation boxes are set up at area banks, Wal-Mart, Food City, Walgreens and other area business.

“Just look for the Toys for Tots emblem,” said Mikesell.

Donations will be accepted via box until Dec. 10. After that, donations can be made to the county mayor’s office.