A banquet was held on Friday at Lockhart-Taylor Center to cap off the first Toys For Tots drive in Anson.
The drive allowed 2,500 children to receive toys for Christmas. Each child was given three toys and stocking stuffers.
Money raised by the banquet went towards next year’s efforts but final figures were not available in time for press. Tickets were sold for $10 each and there were 205 tickets sold. Anson County Toys For Tots coordinator Vancine Sturdivant said 309 people attended the banquet.
“I know we did very well,” she said. All proceeds will remain in Anson.
Local elected officials, including Congressman Larry Kissell, attended the banquet.
“It’s so wonderful to be a part of such a generous and heartwarming effort, working to make the holidays brighter for local families in need,” Kissell said. “Our community came together to join the U.S. Marine Corps to help others, and I’m proud to have been a part of this. I appreciate the continued work of Vancine and all of the volunteers who helped make this possible.”
Kissell was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Rev. Dr. Bernice Bennett, in recognition of his work to bring Toys for Tots to the county. Kissell’s district offices served as drop-off locations for the effort throughout the district.
“None of this would have been possible without our Congressman, Larry Kissell, and his staff,” Sturdivant added.
“We have to prove to Toys For Tots that we will come together and help the less fortunate citizens in our county,” Sturdivant said in a statement. “We truly did this during the Christmas holiday.”
Sturdivant said that the Toys for Tots effort in Anson County is seeking donated storage space for the 2012 campaign, September through December. Anyone interested should contact her at 704-848-4412.