Toys Distributed Just in Time for Christmas

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While it was not a record year for toy donations with the California Highway Patrol & Impact Life’s Toy Drive, many families and children will enjoy the charitable works of others this Christmas.

Volunteers on Saturday manned the makeshift Toy Shop, at Burchfield Elementary School, as parents came through looking for gifts for their children. In all, 127 families gathered toys for over 300 children. Last year, 139 families received toys.

Impact Life Thrift Store Manager,  Amy Gerrard said the distribution day went well and that although toy donations and monetary donations were down this year, one community had an abundant amount of donations.

“Just about every location in Arbuckle toys were overflowing the barrels,” said Gerrard, “however, pretty much all of the barrels were full throughout the 40 collection locations.”

As parents selected toys for their children, volunteers were available to help wrap presents – making the gift extra special. Santa even made a visit to help boost the holiday spirit.

“I have been doing this for about five years now since I retired,” said Nancy Hull, former school teacher, “it becomes an annual tradition. I enjoy it!”
With the help of a generous donator, two bicycles were awarded to 9-year-old Juan Velazquez of Williams, and 7-year-old Diego Huerta, of Williams.

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2007. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.