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Operation “Stuff the Van” Toy Drive is underway: It’s time to get giving

DJ Nyke and Jill Davis running the booth for The Stuff the Van Food Drive

CASPER, Wyo. — What are you doing this Christmas season to help those in need? Have you heard of the Stuff the Van Toy Drive? It’s an annual event that is sponsored by lots of business and places around town.

In the end, the goal is to have toys to benefit 3,000 kids in the Casper area. The best thing about it is that you can give money, toys, or clothes. There is no limit!

According to Jamie Purcell, Executive Director at the Wyoming Food For Thought Project, “24 years ago, Donovan Short moved to Wyoming and brought the idea of Stuff the Van Toy Drive with him. Every single holiday season, he has partnered with organizations to help remove red tape and get toys to kids. That’s the intention of the Stuff the Van Toy Drive — to just help.”

You can donate any time between now and Saturday, December 18 at the east-side Walmart. New, unwrapped toys, clothes for kids of all ages, and cash will be accepted each day from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

What remains the same — no matter the year, weather, political climate, or economy — is that it is all done for kids and Casper always shows up.

Toys already donated to the drive

During this event there are so many opportunities to give and so many business and volunteers have stepped up. API, Ashby Construction, Driven Powersports, Greiner Ford, Casper Horse Heads, Joana Bank, First Interstate Bank and so many other places have donated time, money, and volunteers to help with this project.

Jill Davis from Wyoming Food For Thought estimates that they have over 200 volunteers set up to help run the booth.

All of the donations are being disseminated through Casper Housing Authority and the Boys and Girls Club. Donations will be distributed directly to the families in need.

A special toy donated to the toy drive today December 15.

We hope you can join us in the giving season, even if it just to stop by where the volunteers can grab things directly from you. There is a donation bucket for financial donations, and they are offering business challenges where your challenge will be put out on the radio for others to meet.

You can also donate online at the Food for Thought website.

For gift ideas, below is a list:

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