Mac’s Toy Fund Making Final Preparations for 87th Event

BECKLEY–  “We wish there wasn’t a need for macs toy fund but we are really glad we have been able to sustain it for all these years and that it is there for those who need it to help make Christmas better for their children.”

This Saturday the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center will become West Virginia’s biggest toy store for 3 hours as Mac’s Toy Fund kicks off their 87th year.

Though the event has been a part of southern West Virginia for decades, they are still in need of your help. President Dawn Dayton says they are low on one toy in particular this year.

“We are low on dolls. Hopefully we will get a lot of those in between now and Saturday. I just think it will be really sad if a child comes in and that is their Christmas wish is to have a doll, I would really hate not to have one for them,” she said.

This huge event is put on entirely by volunteers and they are still looking for people to lend a helping hand this weekend.

Dayton said, “We do need volunteers to help us the day of the party. We need people to help the clients through the lines and we need people to help carry boxes to cars and keep the tables stocked. All you need to do is show up and say you’re here to help and we will put you to work.”

But we are all busy this time of year so why should you carve out some of your precious time to help out? Well ask dawn and she’ll tell you a story sure to pull at your heart strings.

“Several years ago, we used to write on the back of their ticket if they were able to get a bike we would write “bike” on the back. That was when we didn’t have enough bikes for everyone to get one. A woman was standing in line and she turned to the woman behind and said ‘I got a bike ticket and I got a bike last year so I don’t need one, would you like to have my ticket?’ And the woman she asked that to just grabbed her and hugged her and they bonded. So someone who needed a bike got a bike and it was just one of the moments you remember forever. That’s why we do it after all these years. As long as there is a need, Mac’s will be there.”

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