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The Durant Lions Club is preparing to kick of its toy drive along with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. From left, Lions Club President Daylin Hash, Member Emily Redman, Lions Toy Box Chairperson Brian Bond, Member Farrell Hatch and Treasurer Lynn Richards.
The Durant Lions Club is preparing to kick of its toy drive along with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. From left, Lions Club President Daylin Hash, Member Emily Redman, Lions Toy Box Chairperson Brian Bond, Member Farrell Hatch and Treasurer Lynn Richards.
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The Durant Noon Lions Club Lions Toy Box committee, in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps Reserves is marking the 15th anniversary of the Bryan County Lions Toy Box Program. Since its inception in 1947, Toys for Tots has provided hundreds of millions of Christmas toys to needy children across the country. In Bryan County alone, seven to eight hundred economically challenged families are served each year through the gift of toys for each child. Last year alone, more than 1,800 children received toys and stocking suffers from the Lions Toy Box.


This week marks the beginning of the Durant Lions Club drive for contributions of both toys and financial contributions to help make this year’s Toy Box project a success. The Lions club requests that local businesses and individuals help by collecting toys or monetary donations. Project Chairman Brian Bond estimates costs for this year’s project to be approximately $50,000.


Bond said, “This is a challenging endeavor which would not be possible without the support of the Bryan County Community. We have had great support in the past and are very optimistic that our fundraising efforts and toy drive will be even more successful this year.”


This year, various local businesses and groups are coming up with innovative ways to help meet funding needs. Last weekend, Riverview RV & Recreational Park in Colbert, held a successful Chili Cook off benefitting Toys for Tots and on December 7, Hot Shots Coffee will sponsor a new event, “Hot Shots for Tots” 5K and Fun Run with proceeds benefitting the project. Anyone interested in the Run may register at Hot Shots Coffee or visit www.signmeup.com and search “Hot Shots for Tots.”


If you would like to make a financial contribution to Lions Toy Box, you may mail your check to: Durant Lions Club, Lions Toy Box, P.O. Box 1196, Durant, OK 74702. You may also choose to donate a new toy at any of the following drop off locations.


First Texoma National Bank, all locations


Bob’s Family Restaurant


Durant Chamber of Commerce


Jones Power Sports


First United Bank, all locations


American Dream Realty


Big Lots


Larry Dyson Motors


Red River Ford


Casteel’s Tire Barn


Kiamichi Area Career Tech


Landmark Bank, all locations


Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma


Visions Bank


Dollar General Stores


Friends and Company Salon


Medicine Store Pharmacy


Shamrock Bank


Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma


Hampton Inn


Elks Lodge


Communicom


Durant Fire Department


All About Smiles


Corner Drug


Rhino Communications


Loves Travel Stop, Colbert


J&D Metal, Colbert


Orscheln

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