Marianna- Can you imagine someone giving up free utilities for a month? Well, Margaret Fears did exactly that.
"The City of Marianna does the Toys for Tots every year," she said, "and I put in my name for the month of November- they do it November and December. November, I went and took toys up [to city hall] when I went to pay my bill and put my toys in [the donation box]. [City employees] said, 'fill out the [raffle ticket] and put your name in the drawing."'
Low and behold, Fears won.
"We drew November the 8th and Ms. Margaret Fears won the drawing," Marianna City Clerk, Kim Applewhite said, 'and she actually donated it to a resident here in town who she thought was less fortunate."
"They live across the street from me," Fears said, "and they're both on fixed income. You know, I just try to help if I can."
Applewhite said the toy drive and utilities raffle was a great incentive to help support a worthy cause.
"They give back to those kids who are less fortunate and may not have a Christmas otherwise. And, they do a great job of making sure the kids who need the toys get them," she told us.
And though Fears knew she would likely never get to meet the child who will open her toy on Christmas Day, she knew how much her gifts mean to others.
"Mrs. Daffin came over to the house and she was very surprised. They really appreciated it."
The next drawing is December 6 at Marianna City Hall. You do not have to be a city resident to donate a toy and enter the raffle. If the winner is from outside of the city limits, they can choose a customer who lives in Marianna to donate the prize to. Toys for Tots requests new, unwrapped toys.