HUNTINGTON- Now approaching its 20th year playing Santa Claus for hundreds of children in Cabell and Wayne counties, the annual Toy Train fundraiser party will roll into Huntington at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Black Sheep Harley-Davidson, 408 4th St., Huntington.
Beginning early in October, a group of about a dozen Huntington area friends and professionals, led by Dan Yon, started organizing and fundraising means to purchase Christmas presents for children in need. In 2016, the program raised $ 25,000 toward providing Christmas for more than 400 children in the area.
“Through the support of the community we have been able to provide toys for children in the Tri-State area for 20 years,” Yon said in a release. “We appreciate the dedication of those who attend the party each year as well as sponsors such as Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, Tri-State Pawn & Jewelry and First State Bank.”
Admission to Saturday’s party is $ 25 at the door or a new, uwrapped toy of equal or greater value. Dinner will be catered by Texas Roadhouse, complete with adult drinks and entertainment provided by Bravo Live DJ.
Toy Train is a Huntington-based nonprofit group, and all recipient organizations are properly vetted. Last year’s toys found their ways to many schools and community centers like East Lynn and Buffalo elementary schools in Wayne County as well as places like the Ronald McDonald House, Ebenezer Community Center Outreach, Rotary Gardens, So Social, Children’s Place and several local preschools.
To donate online, visit toytrain.org, or send a check to 410 10th St., Suite 500, Attn: Daniel Yon.
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