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KTVF Fairbanks completes annual holiday toy drive

Published: Dec. 21, 2020 at 4:08 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - KTVF Fairbanks — in partnership with United Way of the Tanana Valley (UWTV), Madden Real Estate, Total Toyo, Enchanted Forest toys and gifts, The Comic Shop, and Walmart of Fairbanks — has completed its annual holiday toy drive. This year saw an impressive haul of toys for those in need including books, bikes and Barbie dolls. Associated sponsors served as the collection sites for all of the toys being donated and then all donated items were taken to the United Way for distribution.

Jennifer Luke, Interim Executive Director with the organization, said, “We have a table of just games and Legos and things that the kiddos can build. We have lots of baby dolls and lots of dinosaurs, so it’s been really incredible to see that really, truly every age group has been represented.”

Luke explained that the items collected during the toy drive will be distributed to various sites around town, including Thrivalaska, the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living, the Resource Center for Parents and Children, Thread, and the Boys and Girls Club. “They’re the ones that have that hands-on experience serving our community.”

According to Luke, the importance of a toy drive is “reminding the community that we are united, that we care for each other, we uplift each other, and that we’re here to support each other, because that’s one of the greatest things about living in the Interior of Alaska is that people truly care and want to help each other.”

Luke said the toy drive has been going on for at least twenty years, and she’s been involved for the last ten. “It has been amazing to see the growth of the toy drive, and the amount of support that the community has given.”

Dave Black, President, Owner and Operator of Total Toyo LLC, said he’s been involved with the toy drive for the last three years, and “every year it’s been getting better and better.”

Black’s favorite donation he saw was a homemade knitted hat. He said the drive is “obviously important to those who are in need, but I think it’s important to everyone to understand that there is a lot of people that are in need, and a lot of people that go without during the holidays.”

The toy drive collected an estimated $10,000 worth of donations, including gift cards.

Donations are still appreciated, and can be dropped off at UWTV’s office, located at 200 N Cushman Street.

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