Local Dealership Partners With Boys and Girls Club for Toy Drive

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PANAMA CITY - A local car dealership is making Christmas possible for dozens of kids who might, otherwise, go without this year.

John Lee Nissan hosted its first annual toy drive for the Boys and Girls Club of Bay County.

Employees say they collected nearly 350 toys since in the last 4-weeks.

Christmas day is next Wednesday, and a local business is playing a huge role in making sure kids can enjoy their holiday.

Marketing Director, Lee Nissan said, "We are a people oriented company and we just really want to help give back to our community. It's been so good to us."

The pile of gifts under the Christmas tree in the John Lee Nissan dealership was so large, you could see it from the parking lot.

It's the result of a toy drive for the kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County. Toys included puzzles, dolls, and even bikes. Members of the Boys and Girls Club say they just want the kids to have a good Christmas.

"We do have some of the parents who do need that extra hand up at this time of year. And that's what its all about,” said Bay Co. Boys and Girls Club Unit Director Terry Sasser.

He says he has worked with the Bay County Boys and Girls Club since 1976. Every year the foundation does a toy drive.

"Wake up on Christmas day and not see anything under your tree, can you imagine that? That's pretty depressing but now were gonna have some kids who wake up to at least something,” said Sasser.

While the toys go to families of children who attend the boys and girls club, the foundation also helps out other families.

"You get laid off right near the holidays, so were trying to help (mumbles). Get something, and then this came along,” said Panama City Resident Alfred Harris.

John Lee Nissan management is thrilled with their inaugural toy drive.

"First time is always a little smaller the next year, it just grows. So with the public support from Bay County and as great as Bay County is especially at Christmas, I know its gonna grow even bigger next year.”

All three Bay County Boys and Girls Clubs will distribute the gifts tomorrow.