NEW PHILADELPHIA Dover, Oh

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DOVER (WJER) - The 2019 Share-A-Christmas program will have plenty to work with following the annual WJER - Indian Valley FFA Toy Drive. 

The collection brought in a record 23-truckloads in all that have since been taken to the former Elder-Beerman location at New Towne Mall to be sorted for distribution. Organizer Diane Glazer says it’s just the beginning of their efforts.

“We will be having a drop-off site on Monday for all the businesses in the county that have done the Giving Trees and ornaments. Those businesses all bring those toys to us at the mall on Monday and then the kids will be up after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, every evening next week to finish sorting and inventorying all the toys. 

FFA students worked around the clock Wednesday collecting donations for the yearly charitable effort. Chapter President McKenzie Johnson, a senior, says it’s a long day but rewarding work.

“At the end of it, you get to see the parents come in and get things for the kids and they’re always excited to give their kids a good Christmas so we’re happy to participate in that,” she says.

Donors also contributed nearly $4,900 in monetary donations. That money will go towards food and clothing vouchers that will be given to families along with toys donated. 

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