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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • RSVP Joy Toys provides toys for 670 children

  • The RSVP Joy Toy project opened Monday, Dec. 9, in the Community Room of the Senior Citizens of Livingston County, Missouri building. The room was filled to the brim with toys, but when the doors closed Thursday, Dec. 12, the room was empty.
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  • The RSVP Joy Toy project opened Monday, Dec. 9, in the Community Room of the Senior Citizens of Livingston County, Missouri building. The room was filled to the brim with toys, but when the doors closed Thursday, Dec. 12, the room was empty. All toys were given to 162 families with a total of 670 children who may have had a disappointing Christmas otherwise.
    Patty Mefford, RSVP director, said that the RSVP Joy Toys project was a success due to the people of the community who donated their time, money and toys to the project, including businesses, schools, clubs, organizations, churches and individuals. Groups that helped include: American Postal Workers Union, Braymer Churches, Chillicothe Bunco Club, Chillicothe Correctional Center Restorative Justice Program, Chillicothe R-II Schools, Chillicothe Eagles Club, FCCLA-Trenton, Grand River Technical School Health Service Technology Class, Senior Citizens of Livingston County Missouri, United Methodist Pre-School, XI Alpha Kappa Chapter-Beta Sigma PHI, the Constitution-Tribune, Country Carpets and Furniture, KCHI Radio and Zeto Media Cable Television.
    Mefford also said volunteers of all ages put in many hours of service to meet this critical human need in the community. The group of RSVP volunteers working on the project include:  Our two Volunteers-in-Charge Arolene Crowe and William Angel, Laureen Angel, Norma Booker, Joyce Cole, Ray Cothern, Eileen Fowler, Alvina Fullerton, Marlys Hagen, Annabelle Horton, Louise Huston, Darlene Lee, Betty McNally, John Meyer, Linda Meyers, Kay Potter, Clara Ratliff, Susan Reeter, Ella Robinson, Lucille Seifert, Rosie Smith, Miriam Stelplugh, Peggy Switzer, Sarah Walker and Frances Wilson.
    In addition to the individuals and groups named above, Mefford said there are unnamed and unknown individuals and groups who also helped that she would like to thank for giving to this year's project.
    "The RSVP Joy Toy Project is really the whole community working together in the true spirit of Christmas," Mefford said.
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