Community members, local businesses, first responders, and schools are partnering with Cash Express and Pawn to help raise funds and donations for its 17th annual Coat and Toy drive and fourth annual Shoots and Ladders drive.
The Caldwell County community raised nearly $2,200 to support families in need during Christmas and winter last year. Their 2021 goal this year is $2,500. The drives aim to provide children with coats during winter and toys as holiday gifts, organizers said.
Nonperishable food items are acceptable as well.
Cash Express has established a competition among the Caldwell County and Lyon County communities. They are seeking participation from first responders, businesses, and community members.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Cash Express in Princeton, located at 311 US 62 W, will have first responder cruisers and fire trucks accepting toys, coats, food, and money during the Shoots and Ladder drive.
Now until Friday, Dec. 10, Cash Express is hosting its Coat and Toy drive. More than 80 businesses from both Lyon and Caldwell counties are participating. Drop boxes and cash jars are available at participating businesses for community donations.
The Caldwell County and Lyon County family resource and youth centers are partners, too. They are responsible for accepting new coat donations. The Princeton Police Department is working with communities for toy donations, organizers said.
Cash Express officials stated donations will be accepted no later than Friday, Dec. 10, to allow time for Christmas delivery. On Wednesday, Dec. 15, Cash Express is ending the coat and toy drive and announcing the Shoots and Ladders winners the following Monday.
For drop-off and donation information, contact Cash Express at 270-365-1708.