Community comes together to create the “Black Hills Toy Drive” to fill the need from “Toys for Tots”

Those involved say it goes to show just how much this community cares

RAPID CITY, S.D. — With the unexpected cancellation of “Toys For Tots,” Christmas was looking a little uncertain for some families in the Black Hills. Thankfully, the community stepped up.

“Myself and a few others in the community decided that we really wanted to make sure this happened,” says Black Hills Toy Drive co-founder Chris Cooper. “It’s a much-needed thing in the community; there’s a lot of kids and a lot of families that rely on it.”

They’ve partnered with businesses that are doing everything from collecting toys to supplying them – and donating money as well.

Those involved say it goes to show just how much this community cares.

312356304 106872768881904 1130621733894059839 N“It’s huge; it really surprises me,” says  Nick Rottum of Colt45 Entertainment, who works with one of the partnering businesses. “You know, I really thought that by doing this, a lot of the toys are probably just going to come from the small little toy drive we do here and maybe a couple other small things, but so many businesses are stepping up, saying they want to do money, they want to buy so many toys and bring them down and just drop them off to one of the distribution centers.”

WHO: Anyone in the Black Hills that needs help; Black Hills Toy Drive is not limited to Pennington County.

WHEN: Toy drop-off starts Tuesday, October 25 and goes until December 10.

WHERE: The main drop-off locations are Robbinsdale Lounge (on the east side of Rapid City) and Affiliated Mortgage (on the west side). Distribution will be at Robbinsdale Lounge on December 17.

Drop-off locations outside Rapid City include: Budget Appliance (Belle Fourche), Miss Kitty’s Mercantile (Deadwood), Jackson Hewitt (Box Elder), Summerset City Building, Untangled Salon (Piedmont)

In addition to Affiliated Mortgage and Robbinsdale Lounge, Rapid City drop-off’s include: Thirsty’s, Oasis, Black Hills Auto Groom, Rapid Diesel, CMG Mortgage, Home Instead, Good Stuffed, Torno Health Services, Thrive Family Chiropractic, Paul Mitchell School, Harley-Davidson, Health Source Chiropractic, Farmers Insurance – Jeff Wagner, Rapid Energy Nutrition, Fibonacci Dental Studio, Balanced Bodies Massage, and Twisted Shears Salon.

The Rapid City Rush will have a drop-off box during their December 10 game, and the Badlands Sabres will do the same for their games on December 2 and 3.

HOW TO RECEIVE HELP: Visit the link here.

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