Last updated: October 24. 2013 5:54AM - 1078 Views
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UNION COUNTY — The children of some needy families are a step closer to having toys and gifts under the Christmas tree after a donation by the City of Union to this year’s Truck Full of Toys campaign.

Truck Full of Toys is an annual campaign conducted by WBCU Radio to collect and purchase toys and other gifts which are distributed by the Union County Aid and Relief Effort to the children of needy families for Christmas.

On Tuesday, WBCU President and CEO Chris Woodson went before Union City Council to request the city’s support for this year’s Truck Full of Toys.

Council responded to Woodson’s request by voting unanimously to donate $900.

“This is a project we’ve been participating in ever since I’ve been mayor,” Mayor Harold Thompson said. “We’re talking about five years and Chris said it goes back even further. It gives us an opportunity to provide toys and gifts to children who might not otherwise get anything.”

Woodson thanked council for its support of Truck Full of Toys which is now in its 14th year and will once again continue its tradition of gathering truckloads of toys for needy children.

“We’ll decorate a truck for the holidays, put it in the Christmas parades and do live broadcasts from it,” Woodson said. “The truck’s first stop will be the Christmas Open House Downtown on Nov. 21. Then we’ll have it in the Christmas parades in Buffalo, Jonesville, Lockhart, Carlisle, and Union.”

Woodson during each stop and each event, donated toys and gifts will be collected with persons attending those events invited to come up and put their donations in the truck.

Truck Full of Toys accepts any type of new unwrapped toys as well as bicycles and clothing for children.

In addition to the donated items, Woodson said monetary donations like the $900 provided by the City of Union will be used to purchase toys and gifts.

Woodson said that persons who want to donate toys and gifts at other times may drop them off at WBCU or at the campaign’s sponsors. This year’s sponsors include the City of Union, Arthur State Bank, and Wallace Thomson Hospital, all of which Woodson said will have boxes for the donations to be placed in.

For those who prefer to make a cash donation, Woodson said they can bring it to WBCU and designate it for Truck Full of Toys. He said both cash and checks will be accepted.

WBCU is open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

All the toys and gifts collected or purchased through the Truck Full of Toys campaign will be turned over to UCARE for distribution.

UCARE is an organization of Union County employees who contribute a small portion of their salaries and hold fundraisers to raise funds to the help the needy.

Airport and Stadium Director Ronnie Wade is a member of UCARE and said Wednesday that the organization will work with churches and civic groups to determine the needy families the toys and gifts will be distributed to. He said the contact information for the churches and civic groups assisting UCARE in this effort will be announced at a later date.

In 2012, approximately 60 families received toys and gifts collected through Truck Full of Toys and distributed by UCARE.

For more information about Truck Full of Toys call WBCU at 864-427-2411.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com

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