EMS Toys for Tots gears up for Christmas joy
by Hawkins Teague
Dec 06, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Emergency Medical Service’s Toys for Tots is now in its 27th year and it doesn’t appear to be losing steam.

Coordinator Nell Thomas said that when Trigg County started its annual tradition of gathering toys and distributing them to children in need, they didn’t realize there was one national toy drive with that name. The national version is organized by the United States Marine Corps and was started in 1947. This is why they added the “Trigg County EMS” qualifier several years ago. The toy drive has expanded quite a lot since its inception, Thomas said.

“We started out with nothing,” she said. “Now we’ve got support from everywhere.”

Some of that support includes area businesses and individuals who have sponsored fundraisers each year. The most recent was an event with Bush’s Sporting Clay, in which money was raised through fees for shooting a round of clay pigeons. Thomas said most of the participants were from out-of-town.

Another event was the recent concert at the Trigg County Recreation Complex, which Joey White organized. There was also a trail ride, which was sponsored by Gordon Mitchell.

The only usual fundraiser that didn’t take place this year was the golf tournament, which Goodwin Funeral Home usually sponsors with the ambulance service. Coroner-elect John Mark Vinson said the tournament wasn’t held this year because of dwindling participation. It is usually held in the late summer or early fall, and he said they might try to move the tournament to the spring so that more people might want to get involved.

“[Golfers] may be a bit burnt out by the time August comes around,” he said.

Thomas said the cancellation of the tournament didn’t hinder their efforts much. Once she realized there wouldn’t be one, EMS workers sent out letters to area businesses requesting donations to try to replace any proceeds they may have lost.

Thomas said that anyone interested in donating toys could come by the ambulance service building behind the hospital and register. They are provided with the child’s first name, some items the child requested and what the child’s clothing sizes are. Although many choose to bring in toys, others simply donate money to buy the toys. Thomas said that almost every toy they distribute is new because most used toys they have received in the past were too worn or ragged.

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