The Times West Virginian

Breaking News


November 7, 2013

Christmas Toy Shop support helps make many dreams come true

In the movies, miracles happen during the Christmas season. Wishes come true. Somehow, everything works out.

Last year, we saw a little miracle happen right here in Marion County. Organizers of the annual Christmas Toy Shop set a lofty goal of $10,000 to purchase new toys for underprivileged children. By the end of the drive, $15,208.52 was collected.

So many children in Marion County wake up to piles of presents around the tree on Christmas morning. We’re sure of that. But many of them do not.

Economic times certainly aren’t the best these days, however, and try as they may, it’s not always possible for every family to give their children a “good” Christmas. That’s where the Christmas Toy Shop enters the picture.

The Toy Shop will be held for the fifth time on Black Friday — the day following Thanksgiving and one that annually is set aside for the “unofficial” opening of the Christmas shopping season. Some people believe there are more shoppers out on Black Friday than any other day during the shopping season, and that’s why this day was selected for the huge toy giveaway at the former Bauer’s Lumber building on Auburn Street.

The idea, of course, is for volunteers to fill the lumber building with toys — new or slightly used toys. And they have done an amazing job with this over the past four years. Those working behind the scenes for the Toy Shop believe that donated money can account for more presents than donated gifts, and many toys were presented to the Toy Shop last year that were purchased off the shelves of Marion County stores since the goal was exceeded to the level it was.

The cash goal this year is $17,500 — a total that can purchase many, many toys. And 100 percent of the monetary gifts will be used to purchase toys for this project, like baby toys, preschool toys, bicycles, trikes and scooters, games and puzzles, sporting goods, video games and electronics, radio-operated vehicles, books and action figures.

We know Christmas isn’t about the “things” we have or how many presents are under the tree. But we also know the heartbreak that comes from not being able to provide for your children even a few small things for the holiday. As we strategize our Black Friday shopping sprees, filling the carts with the latest and greatest toy or electronic device, we need to remember the parents who wish they had just a few extra dollars to buy a Christmas wish for their own child.

The Christmas Toy Shop allows parents who wouldn’t normally be able to “shop” for their children to choose a few gifts they can give to their children to keep the magic of the holidays alive. But we need your help.

To contribute funds to meet the goal, make checks payable to Christmas Toy Shop and send to: The Baptist Temple, 430 Morgantown Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554. Checks may also be dropped off at the Times West Virginian’s business offices.

The deadline for cash donations is Wednesday, Nov. 27, so that volunteers will have the time to shop to make needy children’s dreams come true this year.

We have seen the tears flow from the eyes of a father who was recently laid off as he chose toys for his children at the Toy Shop in the past, and we have seen the look of relief on mother’s face because she didn’t know where the money would come from to buy Christmas gifts that year.

This is one gift that will keep on giving to the littlest ones in our county, and we hope the community will continue to support it as they have done in the past.

Text Only
  • Message to ‘buckle up and park the phone’ is saving lives

    A figure that we haven’t seen that much in recent years is the highway death toll for a given period.
    Is the death toll up, down or just about the same as it was?
    The West Virginia Southern Regional Highway Safety Program has announced there were 325 highway fatalities in 2013, the second-lowest number on record.

    April 17, 2014

  • State native Burwell can ‘deliver results’ as Health and Human Services secretary

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell might not be a name with which most people are immediately familiar.
    For the past year, she has run the budget office under President Barack Obama.
    Prior to that, she served as president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program and later the Wal-Mart Foundation.

    April 16, 2014

  • Marion scores well in recent health report but could do better

    When it comes to area-wide studies, especially on health, there’s usually good news and bad news.
    So was the recent report on the health of America’s counties released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently. The nationwide county study evaluated health outcomes and health factors, and ranked counties accordingly.

    April 13, 2014

  • COLUMN: ‘Instant’ news not always reliable

    That little word has a pretty big meaning. With origins that date back to the 15th century, it means urgent, current, immediate.
    But think about how that word has developed over the past few decades.
    Instant pudding. Instead of slaving over a hot stove for a few minutes, you can now pour cold milk and with a bit of stirring, instant pudding!

    April 13, 2014

  • Decision to be an organ donor can save lives

    Chelsea Clair watched as her father died waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
    So when she met Kyle Froelich at a car show in 2009 and heard about his struggles to find a kidney that would match his unique needs, she never hesitated to offer hers to the man she just met.

    April 11, 2014

  • Volunteers continue to have priceless impact on community

    Chances are, you know someone who volunteers. Perhaps you’re a volunteer yourself.
    Marion County is full of volunteers.
    They read to our youth.
    They assist nonprofit agencies.
    They serve on boards and committees.
    And in 2013, they spent a day picking up nearly 10 tons of garbage that had been tossed out on public property around Marion County.

    April 10, 2014

  • Proposed school calendar lives up to letter and spirit of law

    West Virginia state law requires that students be in a classroom for 180 days.

    April 9, 2014

  • Strong Fairmont General Hospital badly needed to serve our region

    Mere minutes often matter when it comes to emergency health care.
    That’s why we need a strong Fairmont General Hospital.
    When patients need the services of health-care professionals, having family and friends close at hand is often essential, and their presence may even lead to a better outcome.

    April 6, 2014

  • COLUMN: Fairmont General Hospital vital part of community

    There’s nothing better than holding a newborn baby. It gives you a little feeling that not only is everything right in the world, but this perfect little human represents hope of a future where things will be better than they are today.
    I had that blessed opportunity to hold that hopeful future in my arms last week when I visited my dear friend Jen and her newborn son Tristan at Fairmont General Hospital.

    April 6, 2014

  • Putting a cost on safety issue has been culprit in 13 traffic deaths

    Would you believe that an item costing just 57 cents — less than the price of a can of pop — is being cited as the culprit in 13 traffic deaths?
    A simple 57-cent item.
    That’s how much fixing the fatal ignition switches that General Motors installed in new automobiles would have cost, and 13 lives would probably have been saved.

    April 4, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Politics
House Ads