CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — The Cory “Bird” Price Memorial Toy Drive has delivered more than 2,300 toys to children in the area for the past four holiday seasons. This year, organizers have expanded the area to include parts of Logan and Lincoln counties and are asking for help in getting toys.
“This year we are increasing our area covered into both Logan and Lincoln County Harts,” Cody Perry, an organizer of the drive, said. “With the increase of children covered with these new areas and the pre-existing children we are in dire need of additional support for our cause. The task at hand is to make sure the children in our area have the opportunity to have a joyful holiday this year.”
Perry said he, along with his wife Cortney, began the memorial toy drive because they had an urge to make a difference to the under privileged children in the area of Southern West Virginia.
“Five years ago, my wife and I started a toy drive in memory of our friend Cory “Bird” Price that was taken away from us all way too soon in life,” Perry said. “Throughout the first three years, we contributed approximately 1,500 plus gifts to KVC during the holiday season. This past year we changed our distribution method and actually went throughout the area communities delivering toys door to door, bringing our new total more than 2,300 toys in the past four years.”
The Perrys, along with the help of the Santa Claus, the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department, Dollar General of Chapmanville, volunteers, businesses and organizations, will start distributing toys Saturday, Dec. 19, for the Fifth Annual Cory “Bird” Price Memorial Toy Drive.
“We will join Santa Claus in making his rounds in the Chapmanville, Crawley Creek, Garrett Fork, North Fork, Big Creek, Striker and surrounding areas to disperse toys,” Perry said. “On Sunday, Dec. 20, we will be continuing in the areas of Lincoln and Logan County.”
The Fifth Annual Cory “Bird” Price Memorial Toy Drive is accepting new or used toys for any age and gender.
“Monetary donations will also be accepted to purchase additional gifts near the end of the toy drive,” Perry said.
If you would like to contribute a new, unwrapped toy to the Fifth Annual Cory “Bird” Price Memorial Toy Drive, toys may be dropped off at the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department or the Harts Volunteer Fire Department. You can also purchase toys at the Dollar Store in Chapmanville and deposit them in a bin located at the business.
For more information, or to make a monetary contribution, contact Perry at 304-784-2538.
Martha Sparks is a news reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks