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October 30, 2013

Toys for Kids campaign kicks off

MT. VERNON —

MT. VERNON — Six registration dates have been scheduled for the annual Jefferson County Toys for Kids campaign.

Toys for Kids is a group of volunteers who collect new toys and donations for less fortunate children in Jefferson County.

The group — depending on the number of toys donated and donations received — are able to serve anywhere from 800 to 1,200 kids per year, according to Treasurer Rochelle Bond.

"We usually spend around $20,000 per year for kids from birth to age 14," Bond said. "We spend about $20 per child for ages infancy to 9 and around $25 for kids ages 12 to 14. Plus, they all get stocking stuffers. It's a program where we have to relay on donations from the public."

Registration for the program begins this weekend. It will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1100 Harrison Street. An additional registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at Angels on Assignment at the corner of Broadway and 12th Street.

Also on Saturday, a group from Continental Tire of the Americas will be conducting its annual toy run — leaving the Mt. Vernon plant around 11 a.m. and delivering truck loads of toys to the Toys for Kids headquarters at Times Square Mall. CTA has always been one of the largest contributors to the Toys for Kids campaign.

Registration will also take place on three dates at the Toys for Kids headquarters. Those times and dates are: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Parents should bring their current Medicaid card and a current address at the time of registration. If the address on the Medicaid card is incorrect, parents should provide some type of documentation on their current address, such as a water or utility bill, Bond said.

New toy donations or monetary donations can be dropped off to President Lacey Copple at the Modern Woodmen of the World office at 4200 Ilberry. Organization officials request the toys not involve weapons or anything considered violent.

Last year, the organization was able to furnish toys to about 800 children living in Jefferson County.

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