UNION COUNTY — This year, The Union Times will partner with WBCU Radio for its 20-year tradition of bringing smiles to the faces of local children at Christmastime.
WBCU began its annual “Truck Full of Toys for Union County Girls and Boys” toy drive around 20 years ago. Radio station president and CEO Chris Woodson said he has looked forward to the toy drive each year during his 15 years at WBCU.
“It’s gone really well over the years,” Woodson said. “We’ve made a lot of kids happy on Christmas Day.”
Woodson said he and the WBCU staff are very appreciative of all local sponsors and individuals who have contributed over the years, and he hopes the community will continue to show that support in years to come.
As they are each year, donations of new, unwrapped toys — as well as monetary donations with which toys will be purchased — will be accepted at WBCU, located at 210 East Main Street, Union. This year, donations for the toy drive will also be accepted at The Union Times, which is now located at 201 N. Herndon Street, Union, which is just behind Union County Courthouse and beside the Union County Tax Assessor’s Office.
The toys collected through the drive will be distributed through the Salvation Army, and all toys will go to children in Union County.
Those who would like to donate are encouraged to drop off their donations by the morning of Thursday, Dec. 8, before the Union Christmas Parade, since most of the toys will be delivered that evening following the parade. The firm cutoff for donations will be the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 9.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128.