Dec. 6, 2013
Twenty-six years ago Tom Powell had an idea.
"I was complaining to a friend that I had children with toys from the previous Christmas that weren't even out of the box, weren't even playing with them. And I said it was terrible because there were kids out there that were getting nothing."
Now his idea had grown into an annual holiday tradition for Central Virginia, the Toy Lift.
“I remember hearing Tom on the radio when it was at the gas station down on Hydraulic road,” says Marty Roddy, a volunteer at this year’s Toy Lift. “My now 26-year-old daughter was in the car, and I think we went to Toys-R-Us and got something and came right back around.
Powell says as the event has grown over the years, so has the number of children in need.
“These children otherwise are not gonna have anything, Christmas will not happen.”
This year Powell hopes to collect 10,000 toys for 3,800 hundred children across Central Virginia. Cars rolled up early Friday morning, unloading, bikes, toys, games and books.
“We want to make sure every child remembers Christmas as a happy time. Think of it even as an adult, if you wake up in your apartment and you got nothing for Christmas, nothing from any of your friends. We want to make sure that doesn't happen to any of the children."
"I can't bear the thought of a kid waking up on Christmas day, and Santa hadn't been by, that would just break my heart,” Donna Fredrick said.
But thanks to the donations and volunteers, thousands of children can hang their stocking and know Santa Clause will soon be there.
The Toy Lift is being held at the following locations:
- Fashion Square Mall - 7am-8pm
- Union First Market Bank, Pantops - 7am-7pm
- Rockfish Valley Fire Department, Nelson - 7am-7pm
- Food Lion Shopping Center, Lake Monticello - 9am-8pm
- Old Trail Village Center, Crozet - 9am-6pm
- Ruckersville Wal-Mart - 7:30am-7pm
Click on the link on the side to learn more, as well as donate to Toy Lift.