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News Community 12th Annual Cruise In benefits Toys for Tots

Mike Collins, Randy Hughes and son Charlie Hughes, 3, with a truck overflowing with toys donated to the Toys For Tots drive.Volunteer effort garnered 1,047 toys for Christmas.

Smoky Mountain Chevrolet hosted its 12th annual Toys for Tots ‘Cruise In’ fundraiser last Saturday afternoon, an event that showcased live music and a spectacular car show which displayed more than 131 cars. Randy D. Hughes, TFT coordinator for Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties, represented the organization at the fundraiser. “We took in 1,047 toys,” said Hughes. “It was enough to fill two trucks.”

Several residents in the community joined the volunteer effort to ensure that less fortunate children will have a joyful Christmas. Approximately 15 local volunteers assisted Smoky Mountain Chevrolet with the fundraiser. “I just really appreciate everyone who came out and helped us with this event,” said Bob Crawford, General Manager of Smoky Mountain Chevrolet. “It was another great year, excellent turnout, and we are really blessed to have the opportunity to help kids have a great Christmas,” he said.

In conjunction with the 1,047 toys that Hughes’ team took in, the event raised an additional $900 for the Toys for Tots non-profit organization.

Jim Paul said his 1929 Model A took three years to build.Wayne Elliott with his 1961 Mack truck. Photos by Betsey GooderKeirsten Hedden and company provided the entertainment for the Smoky Mountain Chevy Toys for Tots Cruise In.Don Wilson and his original completely restored 1962 Chevrolet Impala with a 327 engine. Wilson said he had always wanted one and that it took three years to rebuild the car which was in a “million” pieces.



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