Every year during the holiday season, the United Fund assists limited income families who have young children by collecting toys and other items to ensure these children will have a few presents to unwrap on Christmas day.
Over 300 families have signed up to receive this holiday assistance, and so far, the United Fund hasn’t had any community donations.
To make a bad situation worse, the United Fund’s budget for the toy fund is half of what it was last year, according to Faye McAllister, toy program coordinator.
McAllister said that any monetary donations or toy contributions would certainly be welcome this year.
The United Fund needs all donations by Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Residents wishing to contribute to the toy fund can drop off their items at the United Fund office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
The office is located at 445 S. College St.
Donations can also be dropped off on Dec. 8 and 9 at the Goodyear Civic Center.
The United Fund took over the Christmas Toy Drive a number of years ago after the Cedartown Jaycees decided to end its sponsorship of the program. Each year, hundreds of toys have been collected or purchased for less fortunate children in the community. In the past few years, children have each been given at least four toys through the efforts of the United Fund drive.
The United Fund services Western Polk County, from Fish Creek to the Alabama state line.
Among its other human service programs, the Fund offers a food and clothing bank, prescription drug assistance in emergency situations and other services.
Currently in their fundraising drive for 2004, the Fund hopes to raise $60,000 in community donations to ensure that all programs get a sufficient amount of financial support.