FLETCHER - Christmas is right around the corner and the Fletcher Christmas Store is holding its’ annual toy drive hoping to have fully stocked shelves in time for the holiday season.

A concept started several years ago by mother and daughter duo, Penny Hammonds and Bonnie Lemon, the Fletcher Christmas Store offers a unique way to shop for those in need.

New donations of toys and other items are lined up on shelves at the Fletcher Community Center and parents usually get to pick out two to four gifts for their children, depending on the number of donations received, as well as stocking stuffers.

“We came up with it to move away from the tradition of prewrapped gifts. We wanted parents to be able to pick out gifts they think their child would want,” Bonnie said. “We want to give parents who couldn’t afford to go out and shop, the opportunity to have the same experience of shopping for Christmas gifts.”

Everything is new and everything is free so parents in Fletcher and the rural surrounding areas, can shop for their school aged kids at no cost. On average the Fletcher Christmas Store serves 170 kids during the season and relies on new toys and monetary donations to function.

 

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