Local businesses giving to children this holiday season
LAVALETTE — Three local businesses are partnering to help out children in need this holiday season in a Toys for Tots event.
Creekside Golf Course, Kenny Queen Hardware and Pioneer Used Auto and RV Sales are working together to sponsor the event set for Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 8 p.m. at the golf course location in Lavalette.
Cost for admission will be a new, unwrapped toy equivalent to $25 per single person or couple, or a $25 monetary donation. Toys are preferred to the monetary donation. During the event, appetizers and drinks will be available.
Creekside Owner Donnie Nelson said the event is a way to give back to the area.
“We want to try to attract as many people as we can to come, to gather as many toys as we can to help the local kids,” Nelson said. “That’s what this is all about.”
A similar event used to take place at the golf course under one of its previous owners and names, but was later canceled.
Nelson said since he owns the location now, he knew he had a good place to host the event and with the help of Mark Queen and James “Junior” Ramey - who are involved with the other two sponsoring businesses.
“I knew I wanted to host it, and then when I contacted Mark, he was interested and Junior was interested, so it all fell into place for the three of us to split the cost to make the event possible,” Nelson said.
All proceeds and toys will be distributed to local children, with Wayne County Schools helping to organize which children will be recipients.
“We’ll leave that part up to the people involved with the school system, they know where to put them,” Nelson said.