By James B. Bartle
The Annual Meramec Community Mission Toy Drive concluded Thurs., Dec. 20, with more than $2,000 in donated cash and hundreds of toys.
The annual toy drive is chaired by the Sullivan Fire Department/Missouri Baptist EMS and sponsored by KTUI Radio/Fidelity Channel 95 and the Sullivan Independent News.
Firefighters loaded the toys from the many drop off locations on Thursday afternoon and transported them to the Sullivan Knights of Columbus Hall where they were distributed to families who registered with the Meramec Community Mission. A trailer was donated by Hysteria Sound Sullivan, to haul the toys to the hall.
Elizabeth Sabatino, Mission Director, was presented with the donations of cash and toys by Sullivan Fire.
“Wow, what a great show of support we received from the Sullivan community again this year,” said White. “We are extremely pleased and proud of what our district residents were able to do to help brighten Christmas for the children in our community.”
White was very pleased with the toy drive results this year.
“Everyone knows how tough times are right now and there are so many having a difficult time,” said White. “I think this will go a long way in helping others in our community.”
White stated that the mission was able to see that each family had a bag of toys along with a chance to receive two extra gifts from another gift table.
The toy drive, again this year, helped over 400 children.
The Meramec Community Mission Toy Drive and past toy drives in Sullivan were originally started by the late John Rice and KTUI Radio. The tradition was then carried on by past chairpersons including: Little John Rice, Sam Scott, Wilbert Cain, the late George Jones, James Bartle, and the former Sullivan Kawanis Club. This was the sixth year the event has been chaired by the Sullivan Fire Department.
Toy Drive Receives More Than $2,000 And Many Toys
By James B. Bartle