This marks the twenty-second year for the Loudon County Sheriff’s Department and Tellico Village Woodworkers Club’s “Toys-for-Tots” program. The program helps put toys under Christmas trees for many disadvantaged children in our local communities.
In 2017, the Woodworkers Club had 14 teams and 70 individuals build over 500 wooden toys and collected an additional 600+ new toys generously donated by Tellico Village residents.
The Woodworkers Club and Loudon County Sheriff’s Office is asking Villagers and County residents to help the children of Loudon County by donating new, store-bought toys.
Drop-off boxes are available at:
- Tellico Village Wellness Center Library
- Chota Recreation Center Welcome Center
- Mashburn Builders Office by Sloans
Pre-addressed envelopes are available at each drop-off location for residents who would like to help older children by mailing a check directly to the Loudon County’s Sheriff’s Office. Cash donations to “Toys-for-Tots” help the Sheriff’s office meet special gift needs, particularly for older children. Our residents came through generously last year with donations of over $2,000.
Toy distribution is managed by the Loudon County Sheriff’s office, led by Sheriff Tim Guider. Debbie Hines, his assistant, is the Toys-for-Tots Program Coordinator.
Since the programs’ inception, club members have delivered to the County Sheriff’s Office over 10,000 toys. These toys have ranged from wooden trucks, cars and airplanes, to elaborate jewelry boxes, wooden puzzles, doll cribs, music boxes, children’s furniture, and circus trains, toddler pull toys, rocking horses, artist boxes, easels and many more hand crafted wooden toys.
Woodworker Club members have transformed their basements and garages into Santa workshops, creating wooden toys to make this a special Christmas for disadvantaged children in our area. Please help by donating a new, store-bought toy, or making a cash donation.
Presentation of all the wooden and donated toys to the Sheriff’s Office will be made Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM at the Tellico Village Community Church. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and see the wide variety of toys that the Tellico Village Woodworkers have made. Toys will be on display starting at 5:00 PM.