Church’s ‘toy sale’ to assist families

By Erin Perkins -

POINT PLEASANT — A local church is busy at work to bring its inaugural toy sale service project to the area.

Members of the congregation at Trinity United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant will be having a toy sale in the church’s community building on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. – noon.

Mary Kelly, event organizer, shared this is an opportunity for individuals that may be having difficulty affording Christmas gifts for the children in their lives to come, select, and purchase low priced toys. All toys at the sale will be brand new or gently used and clean. The prices will be dependent on what the items are, but all the items will be at a minimum cost. The toys will be categorized by ages to make shopping easier. The bulk of the toys will more than likely be geared towards children aged zero-sixth grade. However, some toys will still be available for older children, such as board games. The target audience for this sale are “toy aged” children. There will be a limit posted at the event of how many toys can be sold to each family, so as many families as possible can be helped this holiday season.

Kelly is a recent retiree from the Jackson County school system.

Kelly proposed this idea to her church’s congregation because she has seen the struggle of individuals who “fall through the cracks” financially and struggle to provide their children with gifts for Christmas. She gained many volunteers from her church’s congregation.

“If we can help, we should help,” said Kelly. “This laid heavy on my heart and I wanted to help.”

Though this toy sale is primarily a church project, members of the congregation are sharing this project with their neighbors and friends, to see if they would be interested in donating an item. Any item donated must be a toy and if it is not a new item, it must be clean, it must be unbroken, it must resemble a new item. These items will be given as gifts, so they must be in very good condition.

“I just want the parents and children to be happy,” said Kelly. “It is important that these are quality toys.”

If others are interested in donating, they may call the church to find out more information.

“We realize that times are tough and costs continue to go up, so we want to help,” said Kelly. “We hope that parents and grandparents come to take advantage of this.”

By Erin Perkins

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.