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Lake County employees donate holiday toys for local cause

RELEASE DATE: December 7, 2006

TAVARES — Employees of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and Tax Collector’s Office recently participated in a toy drive to assist a local group in collecting holiday gifts for needy families in the community.

The program, The Giving Toy Box, is in its sixth year and is coordinated by Beth Getchell, a guidance counselor at Umatilla Elementary.

“What we do is we work with all the public and private elementary schools, as well as daycares, on the north end of the County and we collect gently used and new toys for the holidays,” she said.

Lake County Government offices collected more than 200 toys for the drive. According to Getchell, two tractor trailers full of toys will be handed out to local families at the First Baptist Church of Umatilla on Saturday, Dec. 9. By coordinating with guidance counselors at local schools, the program identifies families that are in need.

The public can still drop off toys on Thursday or Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Umatilla, located at 550 Hatfield Drive. Volunteers are also needed for Saturday’s event.

“It will make your Christmas if you come and volunteer,” said County Commissioner Welton Cadwell.

For more information about The Giving Toy Box, call Beth Getchell at (352) 267-6171.

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