Awakening the FORCE of generosity

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is going to be one of the largest films of all time and Better Homes and Gardens, Wilkins Associates has reserved one entire theater at Cinemark Stroud Mall the day before the intended release to the general public. The private screening of this movie will be on December 17, 2015 at 7 PM.

Wilkins & Associates is selling 100 tickets for a $25 donation, which will go to Holiday Toys for Youth, and each ticket includes the 3D movie ticket, popcorn and a drink.

Holiday Toys for Youth was started in 2001 and is run by Sheriff Todd Martin and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Originally designed to help Monroe County Children and Youth Services, Sheriff Martin realized there was a much larger need in our area, so they expanded and renamed the program, “Annual Holiday Toys for Youth.” Officer Darlene Lee explained the grass roots drive relies on monetary and toy donations to bring extra items to families in need, “sometimes a family will come in who needs clothing, we take their sizes and information and we head out like Santa’s shoppers to try and outfit the family with their basic needs and a few nice things.” Some businesses and individuals give cash donations, which help the department buy clothing and other items and some businesses place the Annual Holiday Toys for Youth boxes at their establishments. Businesses like Besecker’s Diner, LaBar Village and McGraw Chiropractic are big supporters of the mission, “we have to pick up 2-3 carloads of toys from McGraw a week,” Lee explained. Most other area toy and clothing drives stop giving around December 20th, but the Annual Toys for Youth program gives right up until Christmas. “We don’t turn anyone away,” said Lee, “we feel it takes a lot for a person to walk in and ask for help, so we try to do everything we can to make the holiday special for the families.”

You can help Wilkins & Associates and the Annual Toys for Youth Mission make the holiday season merry for families in need and have a lot of fun doing it. See you at the theater!

For more information, and to purchase tickets phone 570.977.8677 or email cwilkins@wilkins1.com

For more information on the Annual Toys for Youth Program call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department at 570.517.3312

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