Local Toy drive wrapping up the season

Submitted to Dorchester Banner
Owners of local businesses have banded together to make the annual Dorchester Santa Toy Drive a success.

CAMBRIDGE — Locals support them through the year, so businesses have found a way to give back. The annual Dorchester Santa Toy Drive is underway once again, as owners and operators have joined forces to buy, collect and distribute toys to needy families.

Many of them took time out from running their own operations to shop as a group recently, filling carts with gifts.

“Big, huge, tremendous thank you to all the young professionals of Dorchester, and local businesses leaders families who came out to shop for the Dorchester Santa Toy Drive,” a statement from the group said. “This year so far has been a the best supported year yet.”

The group is an organization formed by business owners and young community members to support the Salvation Army in bringing joy to families during this special holiday. There are 26 toy drop-off locations around the county collecting toys. The project will end on Saturday.
“It’s not too late to help us make a difference in a local families life in need this Christmas,” the statement said.

The finale will take place Saturday at RAR Brewing at 504 Poplar St., Cambridge, from 9 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.

“We would like to invite the entire Dorchester County Community to downtown Cambridge to help ring in the Christmas season of giving as we will be hosting our annual Toy Drive in support of the Salvation Army and Cambridge RFC,” a statement on the group’s social media page said. “This is a fun, family event with plenty of drinks, music and holiday cheer in celebration of the meaning of Christmas. Bring joy in others’ lives this holiday season. Please bring your unopened toys and celebrate with us. From our families to yours, the importance in giving is priceless.”

Michael Wheatley is one of the many volunteers, led by Jason Warfield of Mid Shore Graphics, involved in the drive. “I give my time back to the community because I love the people I serve,” he said. I do all this because God wants me to give my gift volunteering and helping people. As long as I am able, I will always serve. I am honored to be in the Dorchester Young Professionals group and I am going to do my best to always serve the residents of this great community.”

Organizers sent special thanks to the Santa Goes Blue event at Blue Ruin, Dorchester Care and Share, Chesapeake Utilities and the many local generous families for the monetary donations making this portion of the toy drive possible. Companies and organizations involved include Cambridge Main Street, Mid-Shore Graphics, The Young Professionals of Dorchester County, The Salvation Army, RAR Brewing, Rescue Fire Company, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ruin and Best Wine and Spirits.

“This toy drive is for the kids,” Mr. Wheatley said. “Many families struggle during this time of year with bills and need help with Christmas. No child should go without a present to open.”