Toy Drive

Members of the Palestine High School’s Interact Club, from left, Stephen Morrow, Sheala Martin and Mark Harcrow carry toys into the Herald-Press office last December during the Stocking Stuffers Toy Drive. Donations for the 2006 toy drive will be accepted at the Herald-Press through Dec. 15.

For the sixth year in a row, the Grace Temple Church of God is teaming up with the Palestine Herald-Press to provide toys for needy families through the annual Stocking Stuffers Christmas Toy Drive.

“Citizens of Palestine, it’s time to do it again,” said toy drive coordinator Pequita Casteel. “We could not have done it without you last year and we are looking forward to your support again this year.”

Last year’s toy drive made Christmas brighter for 130 families including over 300 children.

“To me it’s better to give than to receive,” Casteel said. “We don’t want any child to wake up Christmas morning without anything.”

The Herald-Press office at 519 N. Elm. St. in Palestine will begin collecting toys in new and excellent condition Monday and will continue collecting toys through 5 p.m. Dec. 15. The newspaper office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

New or renewing Herald-Press customers will receive a 20 percent discount for a subscription for bringing in a new toy.

Applications for families who need to sign up for the toy drive will be taken in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 4-8.

Businesses or individuals wishing to help with the toy drive can call Casteel at the Herald-Press at 903-729-0281.


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