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Toys for Tots Puts Some “Fun” in Fundraising


Fundraising can be a difficult task; whether you are on the side of asking, or you are dealing with many requests for donations.  Every campaign is important, in supporting an organization, cause, or often an individual in need, but no business can give to everyone.  So how do you inspire excitement around the fundraising you are involved in?

Just look to the current Toys for Tots campaign and you can’t help but smile at the success. Businesses throughout Venango County have found fun and successful ways to encourage giving.

The Toys for Tots program, hosted by VFW Post 464, has distributed collection boxes throughout the county, including many Venango Chamber members. Several are participating in the Franklin Retail Association’s Toy Battle, which challenges businesses to compete against each other.  The response has been incredible, not only in collecting donations, but also in showcasing local businesses.

Derek Bailey, owner of 257 Buy Sell Trade, is participating for the fourth year, donating a dollar for every point the Oil City Oilers football team made at home games, this year totaling over $1,000.  If interested in becoming involved or if you know of a family in need who could benefit from this program, contact Lisa Winger, with the Ladies Auxiliary, at (814) 758-6800 or visit facebook.com/VenangoCountyToysForTots.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s November 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Venango County Toys for Tots Returns


TOYS 4 TOTSThe Toys for Tots program has returned to Venango County this year, with involvement from many Chamber members. The VFW Post 464 & Ladies Auxiliary is the host site and 40 collection boxes have been distributed throughout the county, including one at 257 Buy Sell Trade on Seneca Hill.

“I wanted to give back and it’s been great to be able to see the results, because everything is kept locally,” said Derek Bailey, owner of 257 Buy Sell Trade. “It’s a way for me to thank the community for the support I’ve received at my business.”

This is the second year Derek has gotten involved and he has done more than just house a box at his business. For every point the Oil City Oilers football team made at a home game, 257 Buy Sell Trade donates a dollar, and Derek also attended football games to collect donations. Last year, they were able to give $871.96 and he expects to do even more this year.

Donations for Toys for Tots are accepted through December 7 and distribution at the VFW will take place on December 15. If interested in becoming involved or if you know of a family in need who could benefit from this program, contact Lisa Winger, with the Ladies Auxiliary, at (814) 758-6800 or visit www.facebook.com/VenangoCountyToysForTots.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.