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

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

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