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Toy drive a big success

December 18th, 2008

Fayette Motorcycle and Ram Machinings fifth annual Fayette Christmas Wish List was an all-out successs this year, despite the faltering economy.

"This is the best one we've ever had, the best year we've ever had," said Trisha Kinnamon, office manager at Fayette Motorcycle. "I think that people are having a hard time, but they've stopped and thought and realized that other people have it worse."

The toy drive and provided several toys and one outfit for 65 local children.

"Every child got at least four to five toys plus and outfit," she said. Approximately $80 was spent on each child.

Fayette Motorcycle was also able to buy a ham for each of the 30 families, so they could have a nice meal on Christmas.

Purchasing the hams was possible because of the discount Community Market provided, she said. They spent $400 in ham alone.

Kinnamon said she was surprised at the success of the event in the midst of an economic downturn.

"With the economy the way it was, I was scared," she said. "But when the toys started rolling in, it made me believe that people really do want to help others."

Fayette Motorcycle raised money for the toy drive through the Christmas Party and Dance, held on Dec. 13, which raised nearly $1,700 alone. At the dance, several items, such as a watch, necklace, Bengals tickets and various Fayette Motorcycle merchandise, were auctioned off. The remaining amount came from a utility terrain vehicle raffle in

October and of course, donations.

Kinnamon said she will begin calling families on Thursday to come pick up their toys, which is her favorite part of the process.

"The best part is when the families come and pick up the toys," she said. "You can see the stress of Christmas just melting away because now they have something nice to give their kids. That's when it's all worthwhile."

She said one of the coolest parts of the toy drive is the continuing involvement of families, who started out receiving toys themselves and now are helping get toys to others.

"We have never had a repeat family," Kinnamon said. "People we've helped in the past are coming back and helping us this year. (The effort) just keeps snowballing."

Next year's toy drive will aim to help 70 kids, she said, five more than this year's 65. Fayette Motorcycle is still accepting toys and will continue to do so until the point where families come pick up their boxes.

Kinnamon wished to give special thanks to In Faith Ministries, Eagles Lodge, Sister's Tanning, Rancher's Roast Beef, Van Dykes Automotive, the Kenwood, Super Sport Barbershop, Sunoco Lane 22, Mike's Classic Trucks, Fox Jewelers and the many others that donated to the toy drive.

"Thank you very much to the community for helping out and hopefully, we'll see you next year," Kinnamon said. "It's touching to see that everyone's struggling, but people are still pulling together to help the community and now all these kids are having a nice Christmas."

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