Area veterans turned their attention from the military to the needy this past week as the Donald Shannon Memorial AMVETS Post 123 collected money and toys for Danville Fire Department's annual Christmas Toy Drive.
The Post, along with their Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of AMVETS groups, raised nearly $700 that was donated to the fire department to buy presents for needy children in Boyle County. In addition, members and guests brought in new toys and stuffed animals for area children.
Post Commander Billy Waters made the presentation to fire fighters on Tuesday following several fundraising events.
"This has been an ongoing thing for the last couple of months," said Pearl Waters, head of the auxiliary, and wife of Billy Waters.
These activities peaked at a dance this past weekend, headlined by the band Passed Experience, which donated its services.
Patrons put money in a large plastic water jug that was filled to the top for the toy drive program. Most donations were in dollar bills with several larger denominations were found among the accumulated funds. The money will be added to the Christmas Toy Drive account and will be used to purchase new toys and presents for families in need. The fire department already has more than 230 children signed up for the program with late sign ups continuing this week.