POINT PLEASANT — Local business owners are seeking support from fellow merchants for their first toy drive.
Justin Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Auto Parts representing NAPA of Point Pleasant, has partnered up with Possum’s Muffler and Brake owner Charles “Possum” Spencer, to begin a local toy drive for children in need around Mason County.
Donations are being accepted at each business owner’s location. Mitchell’s front office employee is asking customers if they have interest in donating to the cause and any customer that brings in a new and unwrapped gift is being given 10 percent off their store purchases. Spencer has a toy drive donation jar at his front counter and people can also bring in new and unwrapped gifts to his store. Mitchell and Spencer will be accepting cash donations and gifts until Dec. 15.
“The area was in definite need for help and if you can spread a little love, it can go a long way,” said Mitchell. “Without the support of the community, we’re not here. Christmas is a time for hope and it’s special to me. Thinking children may not be able to experience that is unfortunate. It’s about the quality to me, rather than the quantity to make a child’s Christmas special.”
Mitchell and Spencer will be visiting local churches and the Department of Health and Human Resources to see which families with children between the ages of zero to 13 years are in need of Christmas gifts. They will then acquire toy lists from the families, so they can purchase the gifts. Before Christmas day, the family may pick up the gifts or if that is not possible, Mitchell and Spencer will deliver the gifts to their house. Mitchell shared that he has compiled around 45 gifts so far including Nerf guns, Barbie dolls, and teething rings.
Mitchell is a member of the Mason County Chamber of Commerce and will be speaking at its luncheon on Dec. 5 to raise awareness of this cause to his fellow business owners.
Any local businesses who would like to support the toy drive can contact either Mitchell or Spencer.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.