Celebrating the 5th Annual Ton of Toys

Pictured in front of toy donations at the Catholic Center in Evansville are Chris Payne, left, director of marketing for Evansville’s Lucas Oil Centers; Dennis Jon Bailey, WIKY 104 FM Morning Show co-host; Joe Cook, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Evansville; and Diane Douglas, WIKY 104 FM Morning Show co-host. Submitted photo

For the 5th year, the Ton of Toys program assisted local families in need by providing toys, stocking stuffers, games, puzzles and winter necessities to children of families experiencing financial difficulties. The program is a partnership between WIKY 104 FM radio station and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Evansville District Council. Lucas Oil Center has sponsored the event all five years of its existence, St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director Joe Cook said, and offered toy donation drop-off locations. Cook reported that St. Vincent de Paul assisted nearly 200 families this year, including many from the St. Vincent Early Learning Center.

Some toy donations for the 5th Annual Ton of Toys program are stacked on tables in the gymnasium of the Catholic Center in Evansville. The Message photo by Megan Erbacher