Toys drive spreads Christmas cheer

Published 4:21 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Jamie Smitherman, Tammy McCullough and Diane Clapp shop for presents Wednesday at Clanton's Walmart.

Twenty volunteers from Maplesville spent the morning of Dec. 7 shopping at Walmart for families in the Toys For Kids program.

Former Maplesville Police Chief George Smith launched Toys For Kids in 1992 to help provide Christmas gifts for children.

This year, Maplesville is sponsoring 52 families and 121 children of those families.

Joel Atchison, Jeff Smitherman and Ray Mitchell purchase gifts Wednesday at Clanton’s Walmart.

Town Clerk Sheila Haigler said she had collected $8,243.40 in donations by Wednesday morning, but she was expecting more donations to come in before Christmas.

“Any money at the end of the season not spent carries over to the next year,” Haigler said. “Donations can come in at any time.”

Haigler said the volunteers would also sort and bag the gifts to prepare them for pickup on Dec. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Toys For Kids allotted $75 per child and $50 per infant for Christmas gifts this year.