MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The toys collected from WTOK's annual Toython have been transferred to The United Way, where they will be counted and organized and then sent to several local agencies that will distribute the toys to needy children.
“What we do here at United Way is we know the agencies that will receive the toys and we have a good idea of what their numbers of need are," says Kathy Parrish, community impact director for United Way. "So we will have volunteers come in this afternoon and we will organize all the toys into piles and we will distribute them to the five agencies that serve needy children in the community. So Hope Village for Children, Cans for Kids, Salvation Army, Wesley House and Care Lodge will all be receiving toys this year.”
Volunteers from the local drug court helped unload the truck, which included many bicycles among the toys.
“There appears to be a lot more bikes. We’re going to do a full count, but yes, we love to see lots of bikes. Those are gifts that every child would love to see under the tree at Christmas,” says Parrish
United Way is thankful WTOK asked them to be involved with Toython and also appreciates the community for donating and all the others that helped with the effort.
“We also like to collaborate. We like to work with others, so we work with WTOK to do this. We work with the generous community, Walmart, D&D Transport provides the 18 wheeler that we could put the toys on,” Parrish explains.
She says the toys that have been donated will make a difference.
"This is a wonderful event because it just gives a child that’s less fortunate in our community a merry Christmas that morning," said Parrish. "They get to get up and find a present under the tree, and that’s why it’s always important to give back.”