Trucks full of toys from Toython unloaded Monday

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Many toys were delivered to the United Way of East Mississippi Monday morning all thanks to the community’s help during this year’s Toython.

“We unloaded two trucks; one of them was an 18-wheeler and the other was a big U-Haul full of the toys that the community came out and bought and gave to us for Toython,” says Kathy Parrish, the community impact director for United Way.

Now that the toys are out of the trucks, they will be organized and ready to be sent out to Hope Village for Children, the Salvation Army, the Wesley House, Cans for Kids, and Care Lodge this week.

“This is a really quick process,” Parrish says. “We have some great volunteers from United Way’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program that comes in and helps us; we will have all the toys inventoried, counted, we will put a monetary value on it so the community can know how generous they are, and then they will be delivered to each of the agencies that are receiving the toys by Wednesday, so they can get their Christmas lists ready and get these under Christmas trees for children in need in our community.”

These toys will truly make a difference in a child’s life this Christmas season.

“Every child likes a new shiny bike for Christmas under the tree, or a new baby doll, or a new tool set, so it’ll just make them smile that morning,” Parrish explains.

Officials with the United Way say that Toython shows just how generous our community is.

“A big thank you to WTOK and to all the generous people,” Parrish says. “We have a wonderful, giving community and when we have events like this it shows, and United Way of East Mississippi is very proud to be a part of the community and give back.”

Last year’s Toython raised over $35,000 in toys and bikes.