Community, Local Businesses Donate 494 Toys for Gadsden Children

- Posted: 12/18/09
The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Eagle Sales, and the Gadsden County Men of Action are pleased to announce the collection of at least 494 toys for the Gadsden County Toy Drive. The Gadsden County Men of Action picked up the toys from Tri-Eagle on Friday, December 18 to begin organizing them for distribution to Capital Area Community Action Agency, PAEC Migrant Program and other organizations that assist needy families throughout Gadsden County. The Men of Action plan to deliver the sorted toys to area agencies and churches along with 60 cases of Juicy Juice donated by Tri-Eagle Sales throughout the week of Christmas.

"We were amazed and grateful for the overwhelming generosity of our employees and the people and businesses of Gadsden County in helping to spread joy to needy children," said Kristen Black, the director of community affairs for Tri-Eagle Sales.

Additionally, the Chamber would like to give special recognition to the following businesses for their large quantity donations: Quality Discount Meats, Buy-Rite Drugs - Chattahoochee, Hampton Inn and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Wal-Mart of Quincy assisted greatly by maximizing the number of toys that were purchased with monetary donations.

"We really appreciate every donation, no matter how big or small," said Michelle Burdick, the Chamber's vice president of membership. "Each item, whether it's an UNO game, football, sidewalk chalk or a baby doll will instantly bring a joyful surprise to these children."

"Many families in our county are dealing with an economic crisis; ultimately having an impact on the children. Each gift will help lift the spirit of our children by instilling in them that they live in a caring community," said Maria Pouncey, the PAEC migrant coordinator.

Reverend Tony Hannah, a board member of the Gadsden County Men of Action, wishes good tidings to Gadsden County. "May the spirit of this holiday season bring you peace, good health and the joy that will extend to the upcoming year."