The original North toy drive that became the Decherd-North toy drive is now officially been renamed the Franklin County Toy Drive.
Many of the schools in the county are involved making Franklin County’s biggest toy drive even bigger. Over the past three years this toy drive has accumulated over 12,000 toys and put the toys in the hands of about 3,000 children who might not otherwise receive toys at Christmas.
In addition to school participation, local businesses are participating in collecting toys by serving as drop off locations. Some are also offering discounts. They include: Oasis steakhouse; Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Winchester; Olympic Pizza and Gryo Restaurant; Cash Express; Mountain Goat Market; Dollar General Store; Bunny’s Gym; Hammers; Western Sirloin Steakhouse; CVS; University of the South athletic department; Citizens Community Bank; Oldham Theater; and Elite Energy.
The drive will last until Dec. 15. Please donate toys that cost a minimum of $5 suitable for ages newborn through age 12.
Chris Hawkersmith, principal of Decherd Elementary School, said, “Our goal this year is to raise 4,500 toys across the county.
We will open our ‘toy store’ at North Middle School on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 a.m. for anyone in need or struggling during the Christmas season to be able to come and pick out four toys per child.”
Parents may only pick up toys for immediate family. Social security cards will be required.
“If our county raises the 4,500 toy goal, teachers voted on by students across the county, will have to camp out on the front lawn of North Middle School on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
If 5,000 toys are raised then Principal Hawkersmith has agreed to sleep on the roof of North Middle School.
Hawkersmith added, “We all appreciate all of the help and gifts you can donate. Also, if you would like to make a monetary donation, please see the front office of our great schools.”