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The Duncan Toy Shop will have an easier time maintaining telephone communications thanks to a $500 donation from the AT&T Pioneers on Friday.
The Toy Shop helps provide Christmas for area children, from newborns to high school seniors, through donations made from people in the community. The check from the AT&T Pioneers helps the non-profit keep more phone lines open.
“We have three desks with two-line phones,” Toy Shop co-chairwoman Lynn Samples said. “(If we didn’t get this check), we would have to solicit funds from somewhere else.”
The AT&T Pioneers is made a group made up of AT&T employees and retirees who spend the year conducting fundraisers to give back to the community. The group is celebrating its 101st anniversary this year.
AT&T Pioneer representatives Carla Kues, Deedee Liston and Barbie Chappell were on hand for the check donation.
In all, the Duncan Toy Shop will help about 600 families this year, and many of those families have multiple children. Samples said as soon as the Toy Shop opens, the phones stay busy with phone calls.
The non-profit organization has people designated to answer phones throughout the season, which officially ends Dec. 14, although phones will be monitored past that date.
Samples said it’s important to have the phone lines and the people to answer the phones because those provide some of the only interaction some of the families will have with the Duncan Toy Shop.