On a toy mission

Local six-year-old, Ben Lashley, has a mission and needs your help. Late last week, as Ben and his mother were putting canned goods together for a food drive at his school, Ben thought it would be a good idea to have a toy drive for the children in New York and New Jersey who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

According to Ben, “Everyone deserves to have a great Christmas. I kind of worried that those kids wouldn’t have a good Christmas because of all the destruction.”

The Lashleys attend Chester Baptist Church and with the help of Dr. Lloyd Braswell, Senior Pastor,  they were able to get the ball rolling. ”In partnership with Chester Baptist and Metro Baptist NYC, CBFVA invites you to be the presence of Christ through the New York Mission Box Project and Toy Drive,” he said. “By filling a heavy duty cardboard box with toys, toiletries and snacks, you can bring hope, love, joy and peace to families impacted by Hurricane Sandy this Advent season.”

Church member, Alan Jones, of Abilene Motor Express, donated a 53 foot tractor-trailer to load and haul the goods to New York for Ben.  Now the trailer just needs to be filled and that’s where the community comes in. Chester Baptist Church will be accepting new and gently used toys (unwrapped please) until Dec. 15. You can drop off your donation in the church office between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday you may drop off at the trailer in the back parking lot of the church.

Additional items also being accepted: New blankets, batteries, flashlights, clothing, all travel size toiletry items, and snacks such as crackers, raisins, granola bars, chips, pretzels etc.

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