Versailles FFA Toy Collection Drive begins

VERSAILLES – The Versailles FFA chapter is conducting their Annual Toy collection. This year the toy collection has a new focus.

In the past, the toys have been distributed through the Marines in Darke County as part of the Toys for Tots Drive. Unfortunately, this year, no one at the county level is in charge of the distribution of toys within Darke County, therefore we have changed the focus of our collection.

This year the Versailles FFA is teaming up with the Versailles Council of Churches and conducting a toy collection drive that will be given to the families that are served through the Versailles Council of Churches.

The toys that the Council of Churches would prefer are brand new toys that range from baby to age 16. These toys will be collected in various barrels that are listed below within the Versailles area. Any extra new toys that are not distributed through the Council of Churches will be given to St Denis Catholic church and will be distributed through their sharing program.

If you are interested in bringing in used toys in good to excellent condition you can do that as well. The slightly used toys will be distributed through the Marines – Toys for Tots Collection and will be given to surrounding counties.

The goal is to have two barrels at each location with one barrel to collect the new toys that will be distributed to the Versailles Council of Churches and other barrel to collect the used toys to be distributed at the Toys for Tots Program.

Donations can be made from Nov. 24 through Dec. 14.

The drop off spots include: Versailles Saving and Loans, St. Denis Catholic Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, Versailles Christian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Versailles United Methodist Church, Webster United Methodist Church, Second National Bank, US Bank, Dollar General, Versailles Ace Hardware, Johns IGA and Versailles Schools Cafetorium .

To make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Versailles Council of Churches, and send the check to Versailles FFA at 280 Marker Rd. Versailles, Ohio 45380. Versailles Savings and Loan will match up to $200 in monetary donations.

“Please join us in making the holiday season brighter for all Darke County and other local children,” said the group.

Staff report