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Choctaw Used Toy Drive

Choctaw Used Toy Drive to Aid Families in Need

DURANT – The season is hardly on the horizon. Still, Christmas joy is growing daily in the thoughts and hearts of many. Choctaw Nation’s Going Green program has found a unique way to bring smiles and more to children with Going Green’s Annual Used Toy Drive.

Jeff Barnett, Director of Environmental Sustainability for the Choctaw Nation, is heading up the effort.

“As you make room for Santa’s visit this year, please consider recycling any gently used toys that you may be getting disposing. We have had great success in the past and are very grateful for all the participation from our associates,” said Barnett.

Donations will be accepted now through Dec. 14. Several locations are available for dropping off: All Choctaw Nation Community Centers, Choctaw Nation Headquarters in Durant, Choctaw Nation Housing in Hugo and Choctaw Nation Recycling Centers in Durant and Poteau.

Barnett said for your convenience; they could add more donation sites. “If you would like a collection box at your location, please let me know,” he said.

After collecting the toys, they will be “inspected and refreshed” as needed by Choctaw Nation Environmental Sustainability staff before delivery to homes determined to be in need.

Barnett said, “Last year we collected 544 pounds of toys and helped 58 families.”

Public participation is encouraged. For information, contact Barnett at 580-920-0488 or