CBS North Carolina’s ‘Stock the Sled’ brings in 1,818 toys

UPDATE — CBS North Carolina’s Stock the Sled toy drive brought in more than 1,200 toys in Raleigh and more than 600 toys in Durham on Friday for a total of 1,818 toys.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – CBS North Carolina will host a toy drive on Dec. 8 at two Wal-Mart Locations, 10050 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh (Brier Creek) and 5450 New Hope Commons Drive, Durham (I-40 Exit 270).

New toy donations will be accepted to benefit Wake County children through the Capital City Clauses and the Salvation Army of Wake County’s “Christmas Cheer” Program.

CBS North Carolina will broadcast live throughout the day from both locations beginning at 4:30 a.m. North Carolina News will feature live shots and coverage throughout the day with visits from Russ Bowen, Sean Maroney, Sharon Tazewell, Bill Reh, Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein and other members of the North Carolina News team.

The event is designed to assist the Capital City Clauses with their goal of collecting more than 5,000 new toys for local children this holiday season while also creating a live entertainment experience for visitors. Meet the North Carolina News team and visit with Santa from the North Pole.

“We are thrilled to be a partner with Capital City Clauses for this event,” said Kristen Byrum, CBS North Carolina’s Director of Marketing. “Our mission is to collect an unprecedented number of toys for Wake County children and we can’t do it without partners like Capital City Clauses, Walmart, and most importantly our fellow community members. With your help, we can exceed our goal of donating thousands of toys to the Salvation Army of Wake County and make the holiday season brighter for our neighbors in need.”

The Salvation Army of Wake County expects to give toys to more than 7,300 children.

Vic O’Janpa volunteered last year at the Salvation Army of Wake County, getting involved through his job at Brasfield & Gorrie general contractors.

He said after volunteering and meeting the people benefiting from the donations, he encouraged others at his business to do the same.

“When you see the kids and you meet the children and you can actually know that that child is going to get to open a gift on Christmas Day. I’m almost tearing up a little bit. It really touches your heart,” he said.

The Salvation Army of Wake County expects at least 125 volunteers to help during the distribution days, from Dec. 19 to 21, in which parents pick up toys and clothes.

“I would just say, to sum it up in one word, ‘give.’ It seems simple, but knowing that each gift impacts somebody’s life, it’s pretty important.”

The Capital City Clauses is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of young professionals in the Greater Triangle area.

Its board will host the 24th annual Jingle Ball at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Wednesday, Dec. 6, and donate all of the event proceeds to the Salvation Army of Wake County’s Christmas Cheer Program, which provides food, clothing, and toys to local families in need during the holiday season.

The Capital City Clauses are the largest single source of toy donations for the Christmas Cheer Program, donating tens of thousands of new toys and financial support to the Salvation Army of Wake County for over 20 years.


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