Staff at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center is asking for toy donations to give away during this year's Santa Claus is Coming to Town event held just before Christmas.
"We're looking forward to having this year's event inside," MLK Jr. Center Director Lester Whittington said. "We'll have Santa here, and Toni Carlton will perform Christmas songs. It'll be fun."
Staff is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys for a boys and girls ages 4 to 12 years old. Staff will happily and thankfully accept donations from churches, civic organizations, or individuals. Please do not wrap gifts, because staff have to separate them by age group.
People can drop off donations at MLK Jr. Center Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Fridays between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. The deadline to donate for the toy giveaway is 7:00 pm Wednesday, Dec. 21.
This year's Santa Claus is Coming to Town Toy Giveaway will be at 5:00 pm, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in the MLK Jr. Center's Samuel T. Sturgis Jr. Gymnatorium. The event is open to children 4 to 12 years old.
The first 100 children will receive a free gift!
"We sincerely appreciate all the support given over the years to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and to this event," Director Whittington said. "We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas."
The MLK Jr. Center is located at 313 Greenhaven Dr. Click the following link to learn more about the center, cityoflenoir.com/mlkcenter.
Toys donated for last year's giveaway included dolls, trucks, puzzles, and more.
A very generous person donated a couple of bikes for the toy giveaway in 2021.
Children get to select a toy from their age group.