Mac's Toy Fund update

Mac's Toy Fund update

There are 17 comments on the Register-herald.com story from Dec 20, 2008, titled Mac's Toy Fund update. In it, Register-herald.com reports that:

The 78th annual Mac's Toy Fund is in the history books. But the fundraising campaign is not finished.

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Unknown

Hillsboro, WV

#1 Dec 21, 2008
Mac's Toy Fund was a JOKE. It was mostly adults carrying out huge boxes of what appeared to be used toys. After an hour of waiting, only about 4 rows of people had been allowed to go to the toys. There was another entire section and half of the one we were in before we could have gotten to go, so we left. I think she would have done just as well if she'd been a buck and turned loose at a rummage sale.
YouKnowMe

Montgomery, TX

#2 Dec 21, 2008
I agree. I haven't went for the past couple years, but it's like that every year I went before. I think it could be organized better.
Unknown

Crozet, VA

#3 Dec 22, 2008
Yes, perhaps they could give each participant so many tickets, and they would then have to trade the tickes for each toy they got. It would be more fair that way and give everyone an equal chance to get what they want. I have to wonder what they do with the $30,000 they received. They say it's to pay for the toys, but from what I've seen myself, and the accounts I've heard from a few others, the vast majority of the toys are used, and you know people just dropped those off free of charge...

Since: Nov 08

Waynesboro, VA

#4 Dec 22, 2008
HOW MUCH DID IT COST YOU TO COME AND GET THAT MANY toys NEW OR USED. I MEAN COME ON IT AT LEAST ALLOWS YOUR KIDS THAT MANY MORE PRESENTS THAN THEY WOULD HAVE HAD..... that is providing you had the decency / courtesy and respect to stay long enough to go get your free toys and treat bags I myself LOVE macs toy fund and believe in their good deeds to help others! Sounds like your just being UNGRATEFUL for others help
YouKnowMe

Montgomery, TX

#5 Dec 22, 2008
Have you ever had to go there? Would you ever wrap up used toys for your children? No one WANTS to be there, and I'm sure the one's who HAVE to be there are grateful for it, but I don't feel like it's necessary to stand in a line or wait four or five hours to pick up some used toys for my kids and have them escort you like they are giving away a million bucks or something. I was grateful when I had to go, but I never wrapped anything up from there, I just went home and gave the stuff to the kids.

Since: Nov 08

Waynesboro, VA

#6 Dec 22, 2008
YES I HAVE This is the post I left on Dec 18th 2008 on the topic MACs Toy Fund

Thursday Dec 18
Yes I worked mac's toy fund with my dad for many years while he was in the Jaycees. First you and your kids come to the Armory well the raleigh County Convention Center. All of the parents and Kids come in and set in the seats up top. Section by Section they come down one by one and get to select several new and several used toys as well as they get to talk with santa, they get a treat back with fruits and candy in it, they get a christmas ornament and then certain randomly selected people get what are called "bike Tickets" where those kids get to trade 1 toy for a bicycle. Usually there are about 100 bikes or so. They play christmas music and it was always soooooo much fun. you will meet a lot of good people and I Highly Recommend it.

Since: Nov 08

Waynesboro, VA

#7 Dec 22, 2008
I loved macs and no I wouldnt wrap up used toys but i would bring them home and say Hey kids look what this nice santa helper gave me today for you guys because you all have been such good kids@ trust me you will see smiles not sadness or questions of why the helpers gave used toys instead of new ones

Since: Nov 08

Waynesboro, VA

#8 Dec 22, 2008
Last year I bought my nephew 15 $ worth of presents from that store just a dollar I had 15 different toys in different packages and he was so happy he didnt even care what was in them he just laid there in the floor with his head on one present and his feet in the bag of other presents Tickled to death
Unknown

Ashburn, VA

#9 Dec 22, 2008
What made me an "ingrate" was that most of those in attendance were adults and acted like vultures grabbing up everything they could get their hands on. There might have been 2 or 3 kids in each row that I saw. I doubt most of them even had tickets (not like anyone checked)and were just friends of friends, or heck, just walked on in. I'm sure my child would have enjoyed it, but she didn't get a chance. I had something else to do, and as I said, for just discarded junk, it wasn't worth sitting there for hours on end and missing what else I had to do. And again, what do they do with all of that donor money?

Since: Nov 08

Waynesboro, VA

#10 Dec 23, 2008
thats a good question me my brother our mother and my wife each donated 250 $ to it this year hoping it would be put to good use and if it wasnt or the folks there were not happy with the results this is the last year we do that.

Since: Nov 08

Waynesboro, VA

#11 Dec 24, 2008
to the top
Unknown

Secondcreek, WV

#12 Dec 24, 2008
I'm sorry, Jaymae. I mean, maybe they put the funds to good use, but I just can't see that much money being used for what it's said to be used for. There's no way that $30,000+ bought the stuff I saw. That is a lot of money and I see they're still soliciting donations. That's the problem with giving to charity. You don't know how much of what you're giving is going where you think it is. What organization sponsors Mac's Toy Fund?

Since: Nov 08

Waynesboro, VA

#13 Dec 24, 2008
thats true.... when we helped with it the Jaycees would take the money which never totalled 30 grand back then it was lucky if we had 5 or 6 but we took the money to charleston and purchased toys in bulk from sams etc. that way we could get 500 baby dolls and 1000 basketballs / footballs for 5 or 6 grand and the rest we would have to work to get donated with 30 grand you would think they would be able to have all kinds of new toys out there

Since: Nov 08

Waynesboro, VA

#14 Dec 24, 2008
thats the problem when the Chamber of commerce takes over for a project ran by the jaycees they don't put the HEART into it they look at it as a business venture
Unknown

Secondcreek, WV

#15 Dec 24, 2008
Sad, isn't it?
who qualifys and how

Beckley, WV

#16 Oct 3, 2010
who would qualify and how.... or could i be a volunteer. i hear they get all the good stuff first anyhow, they get told "go ahead. take it to your kids. you volunteered didnt ya." I dont care if i volunteer or just get invited free is free.........
Beth

Beckley, WV

#17 Oct 18, 2012
After reading all the posts on this topic I agree with many and disagree with some as well. The post made by Jaymae regarding to the post that you made in 2008 ... I have been attending the Macs Toy Fund now since 2001 and I can for one honestly state that the way you said it goes down is nothing like the way it happens. You don't get to cash in your tickets for several new toys and several used toys ... they tell you ... ONE new toy and ONE used toy and ONE stuffed animal ... OR ... trade in all your toys for a bike and that's all you are able to get, then they usher you to the end of the line where you pick up your treat bags that only has oranges and apples in it ... NO candy and then you can stop by the coat donations on the way out and pick up free coats ... I've NEVER seen any Santa Claus for the kids to go talk to nor have any of my kids EVER received an ornament. It is nice that those that really truly desperately need the help can get it for their kids to have a nice Christmas, but it is nothing as you portrayed it out to be and there are a lot of people out there that would agree with me. You sit hours and hours on end in the upper part of the civic center watching them put out the toys then when it is almost time to start all the workers that have tickets drag HUGE boxes along the floor collecting all the "NICE" things that they would like their children to have ... if the rules are ONE new toy ... ONE used toy and ONE stuffed animal then it should be the same rules that apply to the workers as the rest of the community, because the truth be told ... everyone receiving the help is in need in some shape or form because the tickets are given out through the DHHR. I do understand where people are coming from ... because honestly ... whether you are in desperate need of help or not ... people don't want to spend the ENTIRE day sitting and waiting to get ONE new toy ... ONE used toy and ONE stuffed animal to take home to their kids, I mean really now ... at least the Salvation Army and the Toys for Tots do more for you than that and the wait time is not nearly as long as you have to wait to get on the floor of the civic center. I'm not knocking the tremendous help that people give to the unfortunate around the holidays, but at least if you are going to talk about it then know something about what really goes on. Maybe things were not ran back then when you were helping with your father, but they sure are NOTHING like that now and it's sad that people donate all that money to help the unfortunate kids have a nice Christmas and it is so hard to believe that with the money that is donated to them that they could not get better items and have a better plan put in place for distribution.

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