Bringing Christmas JOY to Monticello; donate toys today

Ashley Hunter
ECB Publishing, Inc.

Christmas magic can happen anywhere, and this year, you can help the magic of Santa Claus come to the children of Jefferson County.
With Christmas fast approaching, various businesses and organizations are partnering with Jefferson Outreach for Youth (J.O.Y.) for this year’s annual toy drive.
At these businesses, you will find a festively decorated box where members of the community can drop off toys in order to help the children of Jefferson County receive a magical Christmas morning.
The charm of waking up on the morning of Christmas is to see whether Santa Claus has eaten the cookies left out for him, and then to see what has been left under the Christmas tree.
Not every family, however, can afford the expenses of Christmas gift buying, and the donated toys will help provide that morning magic to countless local children.
The donated toys left behind in the special boxes will benefit children right here in Jefferson County.
Show off your Christmas and holiday J.O.Y. by donating a new (cannot be previously used or opened) toy for a boy or girl between the ages of 3-12 this year.
This is a fantastic project for a Sunday school class, youth group, civic group or even a way for families to participate and assist Santa Claus with bringing cheer and charm to this holiday season.
Drop off locations can be found at:
• Capital City Bank (located at: 800 S. Jefferson St., in Monticello).
• Fred’s (located at: 1150 N. Jefferson St., in Monticello).
• The Monticello News (located at: 180 W. Washington St., in Monticello).
• The Jefferson County Property Appraiser’s Office (located at: 480 Walnut St., in Monticello).
• TMH-Monticello (located at: 1549 South Jefferson St., in Monticello).
• The First/FMB Bank (located at: 200 E. Washington St., in Monticello).
• Jefferson Somerset Academy (located at: 50 David Rd., in Monticello).
• Wacissa Post Office (located at: 38 Tram Rd., in Wacissa).
All toys must be donated no later than Friday, December 14.
Some of the suggested gift ideas are sports or recreational toys such as jump ropes, any type of sports ball or sports equipment and outdoor games. Imaginative toys such as legos or blocks, action figures, dolls and dollhouses, arts and craft supplies, coloring supplies (like coloring books, crayons, markers, etc.), model kits, toy vehicles or stuffed animals. Other options are clothing and accessories (such as hats, gloves, scarves, purses, wallets, or blankets) or items such as puzzles, books or board games.
Cash donations can also be accepted, but it is not advised to leave cash in these public donation boxes.
Rather, those interested in making a monetary donation towards allowing J.O.Y., Inc. to purchase children’s toys should contact Property Appraiser Angela Gray at (850) 997-3356.
With the help of the community, every child in Jefferson County can experience the joy and magic of Christmas this holiday season!