HALEYVILLE - Building on the success of the 2019 toy giveaway, the Haleyville Rotary Club is kicking off a new season for Toys for Kids, asking for monetary and new toy donations and accepting applications until Nov. 30.
This gives only a few weeks, but those weeks will be busy collecting donations and toys as well as applications for families in need, especially those who have been hit hard financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Megan Welborn, chairperson for the Haleyville Rotary Club’s Toys for Kids campaign, stated the Rotary Club is continuing its efforts of helping families in the area have a merry Christmas, despite the pandemic.
“We ask that you consider making a difference in a child’s life by making a monetary donation or a new toy donation,” Welborn stated. “We know that our fundraising efforts will be affected this year by COVID.
“However, we also expect that because of COVID, the need for assistance will probably be greater than we’ve seen in the past,” Welborn added. “If you are in a position to help with this project that gives back to our local children, we urge you to help.”
Monetary donations as well as any new toy donations can be brought by Alabama Power, First National Bank, Traders and Farmers Bank (three locations), Pinnacle Bank and Lakeland Community Hospital Emergency department.
Those wishing to make monetary donations can mail them to Lakeland Community Hospital, Attention Toys for Kids, P.O. Box 780, Haleyville, Al. 35565, Welborn noted.
All checks should be made payable to the Haleyville Rotary Club Toys for Kids.
Families in need this holiday season are being urged to pick up applications beginning Nov. 5, with the deadline being Nov. 30 until the close of business at each of the above mentioned businesses that are accepting applications.
Lakeland Community Hospital will accept applications 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the emergency department during the Nov. 5-30 timeframe, organizers said.
Applications also should keep in mind the following qualifications: In order to apply, he or she must be the parent or legal guardian of the child.
The applicant must provide proof of residency, and only one application per child will be allowed.
Birth certificate and proof of guardianship will also be required, according to organizers.
There will be no applications accepted after the close of business on Nov. 30, organizers confirmed.
Giveaway for the toys will be Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 3-5 p.m. at Lakeland Diagnostics.
“It’s so rewarding to be a part of this special project to help so many less fortunate children enjoy the Christmas season,” Welborn said. “May God bless you and your family.”
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