December 9, 2005
The annual toy lift officially got underway in the parking lot at Lowe's Friday morning. Each year the event is held to make the Christmas holiday a bit merrier for local children.
Toy Lift is in its 18th year, and still going strong. Its co-founder, local resident Tom Powell, saw the organization collect only 1,000 toys in the first year, but since then about 10,000 have been collected each year. However, Toy Lift 2005 had to wrestle with 'Old Man Winter' after an ice blanket covered our entire region, so they need you to come out to give more toys.
Go, go, go was the phrase heard most often as residents in Charlottesville donated toys to Toy Lift 2005. While several of santa's elves seem to be counting lots of toys, puzzles, books, and even clothing, the organization's co-founder says it is not enough.
"Last year, at this time, we had almost 6,000 toys. Unfortunately right now, we have just a shade over 1,700, so we really need folks to come out this year and help Toy Lift 2005," said Tom Powell, co-founder of Toy Lift.
There are over 2,300 kids seeking assistance from Toy Lift this year. Touting it's 18th year, the organization's co-founder would love to make it happen. There are many ways to do it.
"They can simply come by here, or go to Crofton Plaza, Lake Monticello, or out to the Crozet Shopping Center," said Powell.
'Old Man Winter' may have put a pinch in your schedule allowing you to drop off toys, but there's still a way to donate money.
"Weather has slowed things down this morning. We're a little backed behind, but you can do a VISA, or Master Card donation. That can help the kids," said Powell.
While the emphasis is on getting more help for our area children, we should note many have already helped.
Toy Lift 2005 met its goal of collecting 11,000 toys in one day.