Chick-fil-A hosts toy drive
Published 10:14 pm Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Chick-fil-A store at Harbour View will present donated toys to needy children for Christmas, and is inviting folks to come and see their faces light up with joy on Friday.
Jeanine McDougald, the store’s marketing director, said organizers had set a target of helping 50 local families.
“We have gotten over 200 toys, which is amazing,” she said. “I think each of the kids are going to be able to go home with two or three gifts.”
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McDougald said she organized the event after being on “both sides of the donation spectrum.”
She said she comes from “a working-class family, and sometimes my parents couldn’t afford Christmas gifts.”
But, she said, she has always wanted to thank those who made sure she still received a gift on those occasions, and she is pleased to have been able to later give back by giving gifts to those less fortunate.
The store is directing gift donations by partnering with the Suffolk Department of Social Services, McDougald said.
Families will attend the event Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. to receive gifts wrapped by members of Liberty Baptist Church of Harbour View, another project partner. Donors also have been invited.
“With the holidays approaching, we want to do our part to put a smile on everyone’s face,” franchise operator Dan Curran said in a news release.
“We invite the community to support our neighbors by donating to the toy drive and celebrating with us at the event.”
The toy drive party will include milk and cookies for kids and an appearance by the Chick-fil-A cow in holiday attire.
“I want to be able to see the kids light up,” McDougald said. “I guess it’s a gift to be able to see those expressions.”
The store’s toy drive ends 10 p.m. Friday.