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Local organizations join forces for SHARE Toy Drive


Alton Porter
News Reporter

The Crockett Fire Department and Houston County EMS (emergency and nonemergency medical services) have teamed up with Houston County SHARE, Inc., to share the love of Christmas this holiday season with children, from newborns up to those 13 years of age, whose parents are SHARE clients. The Annual Houston County SHARE Toy Drive, that these three entities have joined forces to make happen in an even bigger way this year, began Nov. 27 and extends through Friday, Dec. 22. And the drive, coordinated by Crockett City Council Precinct 1 Councilmember Butch Calvert and his wife Kathi Calvert, a Houston County civic leader and Houston County Electric Cooperative's general manager, is being supported by a number of Houston County businesses, according to Kim Cowan Marrs. Marrs is a firefighter, emergency medical technician and administrative assistant with Crockett Fire Department, and is assisting the Calverts coordinate the program. "Basically, the Crockett Fire Department and Houston County EMS are pairing up—volunteering to help out with SHARE this year," Marrs said. "That way we can go and sit with them and whatnot and collect toys (for the children). We want to be out there and be a part of the community. And hopefully, help give back." In the drive, community residents are asked to donate unwrapped toys and other gifts valued between $20 and $25, as well as cash and checks in those amounts. Donations in other amounts also will be accepted. The first big event in the drive was a "Stuff the Bus" toy collection event, Saturday, Dec. 2. A large school bus was parked on the parking lot in from of the Crockett Walmart store between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and shoppers were an employee in the Houston County Tax-Assessor Collector's office. Lum, who assisted former Houston County Elections Administrator Gloria Swor in coordinating the Nov. 7 election, was appointed Interim Houston County Elections Administrator by the Houston County Elections Commission Nov. 20 after the commission members voted Nov. 13 to dismiss Swor amid complaints of election irregularities and other problems.


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