FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Volunteers gathered at the Marion County Election Center to finalize preparations for the Marion County Toy Store on Tuesday.
The toy store offers hundreds of parents free toys to give their children at Christmas. Last year, the store helped more than 700 children to get toys. Nearly 20 volunteers gathered to discuss the progress of the fundraiser, toy collection and setup for the day of the event.
The volunteers buy the toys all year round. They try to find things that are on sale and then they store them until Christmas comes. One such toy buyer is Janet Cittum. She said it was her Christmas as far as presents go.
“I know what it would be like if you didn’t have the money to buy your kids what they needed and when they come here they can get two toys and then some more toys and some gifts for their kids for Christmas, which I’m sure means a lot, especially during the pandemic,” Cittum said.
Organizers are still trying to reach their goal of raising $20,000 to buy all the toys. Several organizations hold fundraisers for the toy store, including the Marion County Family Resource Center and the Marion County School Board.
The resource center sells Christmas decorations to raise funds for toys. For a $5 donation, people will receive a Christmas ball designed by a network employee. To purchase an ornament, visit the Marion County Family Resource Center at 305 Washington Street, Fairmont, W.Va.
The Marion County School Board is selling stocking stuffers for toy drives in Marion County schools. For a $1 donation, people will receive a stocking that reads “Proud to support the Marion County Christmas Toy Store. Every child deserves a Christmas!