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Culpeper Community Christmas Basket volunteer Emerson Hodgson sorts food into boxes at the Brandy Station Fire Department for the Culpeper Toy Chest initiative in 2016.

I would like to acknowledge the following individuals and businesses that made the 2019 Culpeper Toy Chest campaign a huge success, in this, our 21st year.

The GRAND NEWS: 3,368 toys and items were collected in Culpeper and distributed in Culpeper county through the Culpeper Toy Chest Program; through the Culpeper Community Christmas Basket, S.A.F.E. (Services to Abused Families) and C.H.S.S. (Culpeper Housing and Shelter Services), all helping local children and families.

Local business CrossFit Culpeper (owners, Mike and Jessica Duff) held the third annual fundraiser Jingle Bell Trot 5K, partnering with LibraryTrac (owner, Scott Allen) and together shopped with more than $4,000 donated funds in Target for family items, clothing and books for donations. Reformation Lutheran Church and Culpeper Petroleum donated money, as did Target.

Publicity was provided by the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper Media Network, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., The Culpeper Star Exponent, Culpeper Times and radio stations WJMA/103.1 FM and 105.5 FM, AM1490 and Sam-FM 94.3.

Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department and Clore-English Funeral Home donated space to sort and count all the items.

Merchant’s Grocery and Ames Draperies provided trucks for toy drive collection and batteries.

Elves who picked up all the items and did the heavy lifting included Bill Blaine, Ron Evans, Doug Ray and Dickie Thomas.

Elves who sorted and counted thousands of collected items: 4-H Goats R Us club, , Andy Anderson, Spencer A., Cady Bell, Jack Bell, Boy Scout Troop 196, Carter Bretschneider, Landon Bretschneider, Culpeper Girl Scout Troop 552, Lexie Clark, Marcella Clatterbuck, Adyson Coisman, Kira Coisman, Natalie Coisman, Olivia Coisman, Sawyer Coisman, Sheila Cooper, Dominic Cruz, Tony Cruz, Alana Durica, Aiden Durica, Zach D., Marcus Emmett, Audrey Fincham, Carrie Fincham, Robby Fincham, Robert Fincham, Alex Flack, Andrew Flack, Edward Fleming, Evan Fleming, Brayden Grey, Alexix Harlow, Blake Harlow, Brandy Jo Harlow, Aaron Hoffman, Aiden Hoffman, Dylan Humphrey, C.J. Johnson, Lilly Johnson, Ayden Migliaccio, Henry Myers, London Myers, Dayna Nunberg, Michael Nunberg, Zach M., Matthew P., Evan Rannoy, Doug Ray, Nora Rice, Levi R., Simon R., Eddie Rutherford, Russell Rabb, Ryan S., Sarah Sheehan, Thomas Sheehan, C.J. Sutphin, Emily Sutphin, Dickie Thomas, Caitlyn Weaver, Eric Wilkerson, Riley Wilton, Issac W., Treece W. and Serenity Vest.

Collection sites for donation boxes were located at Battlefield Cheverolet, Battlefield Ford, Battlefield Toyota, BB & T, Boom Fitness, Carter Bank & Trust, Century 21, Chic Fila, Chrysallis Counselling Center, Chrysler of Culpeper, Clore-English Funeral Home, Continental Teves, Country Cookin’, Country Shoppes, CrossFit Culpeper, Cube Smart Self Storage, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper Co. Human Resources, Culpeper Co. Sheriff’s Office, Culpeper E-911 Dispatch Center, Culpeper Petroleum Co Op, Inc., Culpeper Police Department, Culpeper Self Storage, Culpeper Tire & Auto, Culpeper Tourism Dept., Culpeper UMC, Donald B. Rice Tire Co., Inc., Eagle Postage, Endless Creations Flowers & Gifts, Equinix, Family Dollar, Frost Café’, Gary’s Ace Hardware, Gold’s Gym, Heritage Child Development Ctr., Jersey Mike’s, K & M Lawn- Garden & Arborist Supply, Lolipop Station, Lowes, Martins Grocery Store, Mountain Run Bowling Center, Oak View National Bank, Partners First Federal Credit Union, Paynes Pools and Spas, Reigning Cats & Dogs, Shenandoah Garden Spot, Southside Coffee & Gifts, Starbucks, UVA Commonwealth Medical, VA Community Bank and Z’s Nu Look Salon.

Thanks to the entire Culpeper community for making the 2019 campaign a tremendous success! Thank you for helping this cause for the young people of Culpeper. Happy New Year and see you next Christmas season!

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Kristen Johnson

President, Culpeper Toy Chest

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