Once just a birthday party, now a full-on toy drive

Marsha Croxton, executive director of the Women’s Crisis Center, and Jennifer Sandmann, toy drive founder

Marsha Croxton, executive director of the Women’s Crisis Center, and Jennifer Sandmann, toy drive founder

Saturday, Jan. 14, 7-11 p.m., Highlander Event Center, 90 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, Ky.

The 11th annual Sandmann Toy Drive will partner with the Women’s Crisis Center to provide gifts for children living with their mothers in a domestic violence shelter.

The toys will be collected at a party that originated as a birthday celebration. Jennifer Sandmann invited friends to help her celebrate, but asked that they bring toys for children rather than presents for her.

The party quickly outgrew her circle of personal friends, and last year’s 300 attendees brought nearly 600 toys, along with assorted other gifts and cash, for a grand total of $10,00 in total donations.

The 2017 party will include raffles, a silent auction, light bites, cash bar and a DJ.

Attendees are asked to take one unwrapped new toy valued at $10 or more.

The toys will be used as welcome gifts and birthday presents for the children. Monetary donations will be accepted, and gifts may also be chosen from the Women’s Crisis Center wish list.

Guests at the party are invited to wear purple, the color of domestic violence awareness.

Wish list: wccky.org/

Party details: https://m.facebook.com/sandmanntoydrive/

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