Dover, Ohio (WJER) - Tuscarawas County residents again showed their support for the more than 900 families in need in the Share-A-Christmas program.
The WJER – Indian Valley FFA Toy Drive was held throughout the day Wednesday in the radio station's parking lot. By the end of the day, the collection had reached $4,520 in cash donations and 23 truckloads of new and used toys.
Organizer Diane Glazer says the work has only just begun, as students now begin sorting donations and continue collections leading up to distribution day.
“They’re all taken over to the old JC Penney area at the New Towne Mall. We already have a group over there that has separated them by gender and age group, and then we’ll inventory everything, and then we’ll be back on Monday. That’s when the businesses collection will drop off all their ones from their giving trees, and then we’ll count and inventory all those,” she says.
Glazer says the students are always eager to help with the toy drive and take a day off school to give back to their community.
“That might have something to do with it, but we also have work nights in the evenings, and they’re all here for those too, and that’s after school. It takes quite a few man-hours by the kids and some planning on our part,” she says.
Glazer says donations are on par for what they brought in throughout previous years.
Distribution is scheduled for December 17th and 18th at the former JC Penney location inside New Towne Mall.