When the doors opened Monday afternoon for the RSVP Joy Toy Project, the toy room of the RSVP Center was filled with toys too numerous to be counted. When the doors closed after Thursday morning, they had all been given to 172 families, with a total of 589 children, who might otherwise have had a disappointing Christmas.

"A big thank you goes to all those people in our community who gave of their time, money, and toys to make this year's project a success," said RSVP Director Patty Mefford. "Numerous individuals, families, businesses, schools, clubs, organizations, and churches gave generously."

Businesses which RSVP knows that helped include: Constitution-Tribune, Country Carpets and Furniture, Hacker Flooring, KCHI Radio, and Windjammer Cable Television.

Schools, churches, and organizations which RSVP knows helped include: American Postal Workers Union; Beta Sigma Phi; Bishop Hogan Memorial School; Braymer GFWC Study Club; Breckenridge PEO Club; Chillicothe Key Club; Chillicothe JW of PEO Sisterhood; Chillicothe R-2 Schools; Chillicothe United Methodist Preschool; Community Options Staff; Cub Scout Pack 120; Double H 4-H Club; Grand River Technical School, Junior Sorosis Club; Meadville School; Mt. Olive United Methodist Church; Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church; Senior Citizens of Livingston County, Missouri; and Wheeling Happy Harvesters 4-H.

"Volunteers of all ages have put in many hours of service to meet this critical human need in our community," said Mefford

The group of RSVP volunteers working on the project include: RSVP's volunteers-in-charge Arolene Crowe and Marvin Holcer; and Eileen Fowler, Alvina Fullerton, Eileen Gordon, Marlys Hagen, Annabelle Horton, Louise Huston, Dotty Ledin, Darlene Lee, Betty McNally, John Meyer, Kay Potter, Jerri Pratt, Clara Ratliff, Susan Reeter, Ella Robinson, Lucille Seifert, Rosie Smith, Miriam Stelplugh, Peggy Switzer, Sarah Walker, and Frances Wilson.

Mefford expressed appreciation to all the unnamed and unknown individuals, families, businesses, and groups who gave in so many ways to this year's project.

"The RSVP Joy Toy Project is really the whole community working together in the true spirit of Christmas," she said.