Donation boxes have been added to two new locations as part of a Christmas toy drive honoring the memories of two young ladies who loved helping others.
The toy drive is being organized through Kristin's Hope, a charitable organization founded this year by Kimberly Morgan, whose 25-year-old daughter Kristin was killed in a wreck on I-79 on July 4.
The Christmas toy drive is being held in honor of Taitlyn Shae Hughes, a 12-year-old who passed away in November following an unexpected brain hemorrhage. Taitlyn attended elementary school in Elkins before her family moved to Martinsburg in the last year.
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Adults working with the Kristin’s Hope toy drive to honor the memory of Taitlyn Shae Hughes include, from left, Jamie and Kimberly Morgan, Cassie Wallace, Diana and Pastor Charles Stanley.
"We've been seeing a tremendous response to the toy drive," Morgan said this week. "Some kids who weren't signed up earlier are now helping out at the Middle School, kids who knew Taitlyn."
The toy drive also received a $300 donation from Valley Independent Baptist Church in Huttonsville, where the members took up an offering after a recent service, Morgan said.
Toy donation boxes have been placed at T-Mart on South Davis Avenue in Elkins, and at Tygart Valley Community Library in Mill Creek, she said.
Boxes were already in place at The Inter-Mountain, Elkins Middle School and Cornerstone Christian Counseling Center, Morgan's organization, located at 300 Railroad Avenue Suite 304.
"The toys will be distributed to shelters, needy children, the West Virginia Children's Home, detention facilities and families in need," Morgan said.
"We ask that, if people want to donate to the toy drive, that they please drop off their toys by Friday afternoon," Morgan said.
Morgan and Kristin's Hope can be reached at (304) 637-1109 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.