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Target donates to Toys for Tots

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A lot of Region 8 children will have a merry Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of a local store.

Jerry Lynxwiler with the Ripley County Toys for Tots program in Doniphan, Missouri says the program wouldn't be successful without the help of others. "I've been coming here, to Target, for three years, " Lynxwiler said. "The reason I've been coming here is the difference in the price of the bicycles. Target's always been able to give me a real good deal because of what they're for."

Lynxwiler says Target gave him such a great deal he was able to purchase bikes and toys. "When I leave here, today, I'll have a whole trailer load to take back with me."

Lynxwiler says he left Target headed back to Ripley County with over twenty-five thousand dollars worth of merchandise. "The help that we get from others, like Target, is vital," Lynxwiler commented. "Because, I mean, we're limited. I start as far back as April calling and trying to get money. Our budget's tight and everything we can do, every ounce we can get saved is good because that's just another toy, coat or bicycle that we can give away."

He says they're going to be able to help around three hundred children this year.

"All you need to be at the church by 12:30. We go through a church service and then we'll take you through and let your child pick out what all they want. When they leave us we hope that they're happy."

Lynxwiler says their program doesn't go through a person's financial records.

If you show up with a child of twelve years of age or younger, you can participate in the program. "I know the economy has been bad and we understand," he stressed. "With gas and fuel prices going up, a lot of people that used to be on the giving end now need help. Don't feel bad about bringing your kids and coming to get something."

For additional information about the Ripley County Toys for Tots program you can contact the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce by clicking on this website or call Jerry Lynxwiler at 573-429-6270.

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