While many children may be looking forward to Christmas morning and all of the gifts they will be receiving, there are some whose parents may not be able to provide the much anticipated giving of presents. One local group wants to make sure no child goes without on Christmas morning, and needs the community’s help to make that happen.
The third annual Stuff the Bus toy drive, sponsored by the I Support My Community group, will be held on Black Friday, Nov. 27, in the Walmart parking lot from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The bus is being loaned for the toy and clothing drive by Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle, explained key organizer Farando “Sly” Best.
Also, from 8 a.m. to noon, NASCAR’s Chris Hudspeth Motorsports will be on hand for fans to visit. Hudspeth, a 2013 Elkin High School graduation, competes in the NASCAR Late Model Stock Series and ran the 2015 Cars Tour Series. Sponsors include TE Connectivity, Grassy Creek Vineyards and Robert Yates Engines.
Best said the group is still seeking out those will to volunteer two-hour shifts to help with the Stuff the Bus drive. They will be stationed at two Walmart doors and at the bus in the parking lot.
“This is our third year, and it’s going to bigger than ever,” said Best. “People can donate clothing, toys, books, nonperishable items, and we’d rather have gift cards than cash, but we will accept cash too so we can get specific things needed.”
He said donations are plentiful for the younger youth ages, but organizers would love for more donations for the age 14 to 16 range, even if it is socks or a shirt.
“Again this year Cato is already one of our major sponsors. They gave us so many clothes, jewelry and such. Kris Cornelius has been looking out for us,” said Best.
The 2014 Stuff the Bus campaign aided at least 25 to 30 families, with additional items dropped off at the schools and given away at Best’s businesses, Midtown Barber Shop, as families needed them.
“We want to try to get the community involved, so we would love to have volunteers from any churches, scouts, ball teams. It’s not just for Elkin, it’s for anyone in the Yadkin Valley region,” he said.
Those who are seeking assistance for the holidays can fill out applications which are available at Midtown Barber, on East Main Street in downtown Elkin, or message Best through Facebook pages for I Support My Community and Midtown Barber, or call the shop at 336-526-0035. Volunteers can donate their time in the same ways.
Other community sponsorship he is seeking are local restaurants who are willing to provide drinks and food for the volunteers working throughout the day for Stuff the Bus.
The campaign will accept donated items, as well as applications, through Dec. 15.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.