UNION — A local businessman and his customers are doing their part to help make Christmas a happier time for the children of needy families.
Each Christmas season for the past 20 years, WBCU Radio has conducted its “Truck Full of Toys for Union County Girls and Boys” toy drive. The drive collects donations of new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations which can be used to purchase toys for distribution by the Salvation Army. All of the toys collected through the drive go to children in Union County.
Donations to the drive are made by individuals, churches, civic groups, and businesses. Among those contributing to the effort this year is Mike’s Auction, an auction house opened earlier this year by Mike Bailey. Bailey said that in the nearly six months since he opened his business, it has been doing well and has attracted a large clientele. He said that he and his customers decided to contribute to Truck Full of Toys to give something back to the community and to help its neediest members.
“We opened up on June 10 and we’ve been doing really good,” Bailey said. “I’ve got about 300 buyers who come through and they’ve donated all these toys.”
Bailey made these remarks recently during a visit to his business by Santa Claus who was there to assist Bailey, the buyers at Mike’s Auction, and WBCU in their efforts to help him fulfill the Christmas wishes of all the children of Union County.
“It’s for the kids of Union County,” Bailey said of the toys donated at his business for Truck Full of Toys. “We want to help local kids.”
Bailey thanked the buyers who patronize his business for their generosity to the children of Union County and he offered special thanks to Gene and Faye Dawkins and Pam Phillips for helping out with the effort and, of course, Santa Claus for coming down from the North Pole to also help out.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.