YKK Donates Many Toys to Pantry After Toy Drive

Greg PassFrom left, Greg Pass, David Montgomery, Beckey Johnson, Stacey Newton

On November 28th, YKK sponsored their first toy drive at the Walmart parking lot to help kids in need, and this morning, they officially donated all the toys they received to Open Hands Pantry.  Greg Pass, HR & Safety Director at YKK, said that they sponsored the toy drive because of all the response they received for a food and supply drive to help the victims of the Johnson County flooding earlier in the year.  Even though the weather was very poor on the 28th, YKK still received seven full large boxes of toys carried by forklifts and were very pleased with the response from the community.

Stacey Newton of the family resource centers of the Anderson County Schools said that they normally do a toy drive at the schools, but they have found that students who need the toys the most are the ones that actually donate them.  Stacey, along with Beckey Johnson from the Anderson Middle School, were incredibly grateful for YKK for sponsoring the toy drive.

The seven large boxes of toys will be donated to Open Hands Pantry.  The pantry will then sponsor a Santa’s workshop put together by the family resource centers.  During the workshop, families, which missed the deadlines for assistance, will be able to receive the donated toys.  If there are still toys left, they’ll then be distributed to families at the Christmas dinner hosted by the pantry, and finally, the rest will be donated to the Ronald McDonald house.

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