For its 13th year, Smoky Mountain Chevrolet hosted its annual Toys for Tots “Cruise In” fundraiser last Saturday.
Each year, the event has been held to raise funds and new unwrapped toys for less fortunate children throughout the region during the Christmas season.
The fundraiser, which over the years has become a regular holiday tradition for the community, saw a considerable turnout again this year. Showcasing live music, food, and an expansive car show of more than 105 cars, the event was well attended. This year the drive collected 877 toys down slightly from last year’s totals.
The holiday cheer came this year in the tune of record funds raised.
“This year we raised a record $1,800,” said Irene Hughes, Cruise-In coordinator. “That is the most money we’ve ever raised.” Irene, along with her husband Randy Hughes, former Marine and Toys For Tots coordinator for Macon, Jackson and Swain counties, lauded the community for its monetary support. “It was a great event this year, we did very well,” said Hughes. “We would like to not only thank the community for coming together to make the event successful, but Smoky Mountain Chevrolet for its continued support.”
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. “We really just want to thank the community for coming out and supporting the event this year,” said Bob Crawford, General Manager of Smoky Mountain Chevrolet.
Those interested in helping out Toys For Tots in some way can donate new and unwrapped toys at local collection points, or contact the local branch at (828)524-7300 for more information.