Rustburg Ruritan Club Hosts Annual Toy Drive | Multimedia


The Rustburg Ruritan Club toy drive is back and bigger than ever.

Club President Bill Johnson and Vice President Chris Ore said last year’s toy drive benefited about 150 local families. This year, more than 320 people will benefit from it. The Ruritan Club has called on businesses across Campbell County to contribute to the toy drive this year, a first that Johnson and Ore say made the huge increase in numbers possible. Gleaning For the World is also contributing to the toy drive this year.

“We call it a toy drive, but it’s not really just toys. I mean, we provide jackets, shoes, clothes, whatever a kid really asks for, you know, the basic necessities, ”Johnson said. “We’ve even had some who asked for toiletries and that sort of thing. Some have asked us for school supplies.

Until December, the club hosted various fundraisers, including dances, a silent auction, and Brunswick Chili and Stew sales.

Offering more food to sell at the dance parties has been a success for the club and in some cases has covered the booking costs of artists like Lynchburg-based Zach Burnette.

The couple also said that creating a toy drive committee has helped the toy drive grow, and added that Sgt. Gary Penn of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office helped spread the word. They hope the toy drive grows even further next year and includes other civic organizations in Bedford County or Lynchburg, for example.

The Ruritan Club plans to shop locally with funding from all donations raised so far. The donation window is largely closed.

After the toy drive, the Rustburg Ruritan Club will also be hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner to recognize all of those who have contributed. Details will be released at a later date.

Johnson said having nice new clothes or a new toy to play with can make a huge difference to a child who might not have access to Christmas presents otherwise.

Ore echoed that thought and, for his part, said he enjoyed shopping for local kids for collecting toys with his daughter, just like Johnson.

“It’s a family affair for me,” Ore said. “My daughter and I started, and now it’s a tradition.”

Johnson and Ore both pointed out that the Rustburg Ruritan Club is always accepting new members, is always ready to help the community as much as possible, whether it is purchasing playground equipment for the community or organizing events. ‘a food drive and will accept help from anyone, whether it’s time or money.

Johnson described the Rustburg Ruritan Club mission as “community helping community”.


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