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Cash Express toy and coat drive still accepting donations

By Paula Walter
Cash Express in Mountain City is once again holding its annual coat and toy drive. This will be the tenth year more than 300 Cash Express offices across the country have jumped in to help their neighbors and friends. “They saw there was a need and wanted to help,” said local Cash Express assistant manager, Kimberly Taylor.
According to Taylor, there has been a wonderful response from Johnson Countians. “Everything we collect stays local,” she said. “It stays in the county.” They not only accept coat donations, but also will accept toys, new or gently used clothes, shoes and non-perishable food items. To date, they have collected 65 coats that will fit babies to adults. They are taken to Freeman Taylor Quick Cleaners where they are freshened up for a new owner at no cost. According to Taylor, Mike from Pleasant’s Store donated 45 large cans of baby formula. Each of the large cans cost over $18 each.
“We’ve been able to assist the school system,” said Taylor. Cash Express goes into the schools after other organizations have worked with the students, filling in wherever there is a need. They also reach out to children not in the local school system, including those too young to attend and those who are home-schooled. They are in contact with school counselors, principals and resource officers to lend a hand in any way they can.
Donations will be accepted until December 12th. Cash Express is located at 503-A S. Church Street in Mountain City. They may be reached at 727-0028 and they are open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday thru Friday, and 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Saturdays.
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