Young & Establish starts toy drive to help out Tri-State children this Christmas


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Five thousand kids around the Tri-State should have a Christmas to remember.

An Evansville group has filled the gap where Toys for Tots left off.

Young & Established is behind schedule.

But local group leaders are confident they can step up, with help from Tri-State volunteers and donations.

Young & Established is all about mentoring and teaching kids to live a positive life.

Courtney Johnson — the group’s founder — wants to collect enough toys for 5,000 kids.

That’s what Toys for Tots has done for years, but it won’t be campaigning in southwestern Indiana this year.

The former leader, Bob Reutter stepped away for personal reasons and there was no one left to take his place.

So, Johnson and other volunteers have partnered with Walmart, Starbucks, Five Below and other businesses to make a toy drive happen.

“Just being able to supply families that want to give to their kids, toys, is a huge impact and it’s a good feeling to be able to do this. Not only with our organization but partnering with other organizations and partnering with people in the community.”

Toys for Tots traditionally started its campaigns in March, so Johnson says they’re a little behind.

Right now, the biggest issue is finding storage and a place to pass them out. Toys will be given out on December 14th.

You can register your family on the young and established website.

The team is also looking for volunteers and donations. They hope to make it a good Christmas for a lot of kids.

To register all you have to do is on the Young & Established website.

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(This story was originally published on October 8, 2019)

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