Santa Claus Takes A View High Above Charlottesville

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

December 9, 2005

Organizers for the annual Toy Lift are excited-- it's the big day!

Toy Lift 2005 officially got underway early Friday morning.

The holiday event - complete with food and entertainment - is aimed at collecting toys for area children in need.

Toy Lift now, which is in its 18th year, has a few thousand items and needs more. The organization is asking residents drop by the Lowe's parking lot on Woodbrook Drive to drop off a toy. Donors can also give books, and even cash to buy bicycles. They'd like to help at least 2,300 kids in 2005.

"It's really a fun event. [We've been] doing it 18 years now and we're looking forward to having a great toy lift this year. I want to invite everyone to please come out and remember, a lot of kids in Virginia this year know exactly what they're getting for Christmas without your help, and that's absolutely nothing," said Toy Lift founder, Tom Powell.

Toy Lift runs from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m, so stop by. There are also drop off locations is Fluvanna and Nelson Counties, and more information can be found by dialing 434-975-8697.


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