By: Paula Walter
Cash Express offices across the country are once again holding their yearly toy and coat drive for children. This marks this 11th year communities have been able not only to help keep their youth warm during the winter months, but to also make their Christmas a bit brighter. According to Kimberly Taylor, manager of the local Cash Express in Mountain City, there are 350 offices in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky that participate in this endeavor.
We got a great response last year, said store manager Kimberly Taylor. We collected almost 1,000 coats. We hope to beat that this year. The drive will begin on October 1, and coats, hats and gloves, along with toys for all ages are needed and donations will be accepted. The community has already begun to lend a helping hand as the local Cash Express has already collected three bags full of coats, along with another bag of hats and gloves. Last year, the office went into the local schools after other organizations delivered items for the children, but this year they are hoping to get an earlier jump start. It gives us satisfaction in knowing we are able to help the communities where they have needs, said Taylor. With times being as hard for so many as they are, we love being able to reach out and fill any voids we can. Cash Express includes children both in and out of the school system in their giving campaign, including children too young to attend school and those who are home schooled.
Taylor attributes the success of the drive to the people of Johnson County and their generosity. Last year, Mike Pleasant and his wife bought over 300 coats last year, Taylor said. They went out on the weekends and hit different locations and purchased over 300 coats just last year. This was out of their own pocket. The assistance of local people in the communities is vital to the success of the toy and coat drive.
Employees at the Mountain City Cash Express recently delivered cakes to fire departments and law enforcement at locations around the county as a thank you for all they do in remembrance of those who perished on September 11th, 2001.
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