MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Marines Toys for Tots organization has accepted an invitation from The Station Break Senior Center of Knox County to join its Community Bazaar Day July 13. Primarily designed to raise funds for the center’s general fund, Station Break Executive Director, Meredith Lowther, decided to make next month’s Bazaar Day about more than just the Station Break.
“We are holding this county-wide event to raise money to benefit our area’s seniors. But at the same time, we want to reach out to others in the county who also could benefit from the day,” stated Lowther.
The idea of making the day about senior and children came from The Station Break’s Activities Coordinator, Krista DeWitt.
“Since the theme for our event is ‘Christmas in July,’ I thought, why not build on that by giving our Bazaar-goers an opportunity to donate toys for the holidays. The Knox County Marines Toys for Tots program seemed like the perfect recipient of that effort,” said DeWitt.
The mission of Toys for Tots is “to collect new, unwrapped toys [during] each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of The Station Break’s ‘Christmas in July’ Bazar Day,” said Holly Bredefeld, Coordinator for Knox County Marines Toys for Tots, which is run through the Mount Vernon Fire Department. “In 2018, with the generous donations of toys and monetary funds, we were able to supply Salvation Amy and Knox County Interchurch offices with over 4,000 toys for almost 1,200 children.”
The “Christmas in July” Bazaar Day will take place at The Station Break’s facility at 160 Howard St. in Mount Vernon Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to everyone. Attractions include a vendor show, food, family entertainment, an OSU quilt raffle, silent auction and prize raffle. Vendors are welcome to rent booth space inside the air-conditioned facility, and can call Krista at 740-397-3841 for more information.