NeSmith needs 'likes' for Facebook toy fundraiser

CLAXTON, GA (WTOC) - Demere NeSmith, dealer principal of NeSmith Chevrolet Buick GMC, announced a 15 day "Facebook Funraiser - The Great Toy Giveaway". For every person that "likes" their Facebook page, they will donate one toy. The toys will go to Toys for Tots, the Backus Childrens Hospital and the Salvation Army.

NeSmith's goal is to donate more than 3,500 toys valued at $40,000.

There will be a celebration event on Friday, December 17 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the dealership on Highway 280 West in Claxton. There will be a cook out and then the toys will be given to each organization.

NeSmith says he created the Facebook Toy FunRaiser to give the community an chance to reach to children in need this Christmas.

"When we contacted these organizations, we discovered an overwhelming need for toys for children throughout Southeast Georgia," said NeSmith in a news release.  "We typically adopt families to support each year but decided to increase our commitment and serve as many children as we possibly could this year.  We're creating something here that everyone in the community can be a part of."

Toys for Tots benefits children in need across Liberty, Long, Tattnall, Bulloch, Screven, Emanuel, Candler and Truetlen counties and Ft. Stewart. The Backus Children's Hospital needs toys for children receiving treatments. The Salvation Army is also in need of toys for children in Savannah and surrounding counties.

"We have the most people that have signed up for gift support in many years," said Salvation Army Commanding Officer Marion Platt in a news release. "Any kind of relief makes a difference.  We're thrilled to participate in this FunRaiser and spread the word to raise as many toys as we can for these children in need."

The NeSmith family is encouring the community to spread the word about the fundraiser so that they can help children in need this holiday season.

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