The 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.