The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 12, 2012

The Daily Southerner begins ‘No Angel Left Behind’ toy drive

TARBORO — Make a difference in a child’s life by making sure he or she has at least one gift under the tree this Christmas. The Daily Southerner, located at 504 W. Wilson St. in Tarboro, is conducting a Christmas toy drive for children in need called “No Angel Left Behind.”

“This year it will be children who haven’t already been adopted by other families in the community,” said Kelley Holland, front office clerk for the newspaper. “Every year we’ve done it, we’ve had a great turnout from the community. It’s something they look forward to now.”

Persons are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the newspaper office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. between today and Monday. They are asked to mark the toy for a boy or girl and also for the appropriate age. The newspaper will accept toys suitable for children from newborn through age 15. Twenty-six children were adopted in last year’s toy drive.

“I was impressed with our turnout, and the generosity of the community based on the status of the economy last year,” said JoEllen Pollard, graphic designer for the newspaper. “Last year, an elderly brother and sister decided to each pick a child instead of getting gifts for each other and that was one of the most touching adoptions that I saw.”

The Edgecombe County Department of Social Services (DSS) will distribute the donated toys to children in need.

“A lot of parents that aren’t working just want their children to have something for Christmas,” said Kim Slaymaker, administrative assistant to the director at DSS. The need for donations increases every year, said Slaymaker, and the community rises to meet that need through drives like that conducted by the newspaper.

“People are just amazing this year. People are really kind,” Slaymaker said. Dolls, stuffed animals, Legos, toy trucks and cars, and bicycles are among the suggested items for toy donations.

“It’s always nice to see a bicycle. We don’t get as many of those as kids would love to have,” she said.

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