Shoppers at area Dollar General stores may see costumed characters such as Olaf, the Grinch, Buddy the Elf, dancing elves and other characters collecting new, unwrapped toys for Lake Christian Ministries’ “A Child’s Christmas.”

Kids are invited to have their photos taken with one of the characters by donating a toy to the drive. The toys collected will go to children in Franklin, Bedford and Pittsylvania counties.

Local businesses and organizations can also help with the toy collection by encouraging customers and employees to make donations during their Christmas meetings and parties. 

Collections will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting) at the following locations:

Nov. 30: Dollar General, 1017 Diamond Hill Road, Moneta

Dec. 1: Dollar General, 12657 Old Franklin Turnpike, Union Hall

Dec. 7: Dollar General, 90 Scruggs Road (near Westlake Corner), Moneta

Dec. 8: Dollar General, 2180 Bluewater Drive (in Scruggs), Moneta

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