Mauston’s annual “Toys for Joy” event is cancelled this year, but volunteers are stepping in to fill the void with a new Mauston Community Kids Toy Drive.
“2020 has been a challenging year for all of us,” said Denise Wee, a toy drive volunteer. “It has been especially hard on some of our local families. Please, help us ensure our Mauston area children have the very Merriest Christmas!”
The drive is looking for the names of children in the Mauston School District whose families could use assistance with Christmas gifts. Eligible families can apply by contacting Kathy Green at Mauston’s Community Sharing Pantry at 608-847-5454.
Wee says that in addition to names of children, the drive is looking for toy donation locations for people who wish do donate, toys and winter wear for kids of all ages, and people willing to donate funds to purchase toys.
New unwrapped toy donations are being accepted at State Street Tap, Log Cabin Deli & Cheese, Lilies & Grace Boutique and Wisconsin River Meats until Dec. 9.
A list of children will be finalized on Nov. 29, and toys will be handed out at the Mauston Sharing Pantry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14. Recipients will receive a post card by mail for pick up time. Hatch Public Library will also donate one book to every child who receives a toy.
Monetary donations are accepted by check, and must be made out to “Community Kids Toy Drive.” Deliver or mail checks to Wisconsin River Meats, care of John Hamm, N5340 County Road HH, Mauston, Wisconsin 53948. Checks must be received by Dec. 3.
For more information, contact Green at 608-847-5454 or Wee at 608-847-7413.
Reach Christopher Jardine on Twitter @ChrisJJardine or contact him at 608-432-6591.
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