Georgia-Pacific employees at the Diboll Regional Office hope to make Christmas merrier for area children in need. Showing off this year’s donated toys for the annual Community Christmas Blessings toy drive are GP employees (front row l to r) Jennifer Holder, Dessia Fowler, Lauren Moreno, and Yana Ogletree; (back row l to r) Michelle Palmore, Linda Roe, Tim Machac, Lisa Dotson, Pat Aldred, Bessie Furgurson, and Delana Hendrick

Georgia-Pacific employees are hoping to make Christmas brighter for area children in need this Christmas. During the month of December, employees at the company’s Diboll Regional Office collected toys for the annual Community Christmas Blessings Toy Drive. From bicycles and dolls to trucks and stuffed animals, GP employees donated more than 50 toys for children up to 15 years of age.

“Our employees support many community events and organizations; however, the annual Community Christmas Toy Drive is one of their favorites,” said Michelle Palmore, GP employee and toy drive coordinator. “Thanks to their efforts, Christmas is going to be wonderful for close to 200 children who would otherwise not have gifts under the tree.”

The Community Christmas Blessings Toy Drive is sponsored by the Diboll Civic Club and area churches. Families were asked to apply for toys in September. After reviewing the applications, the toy drive organizers distributed the toys the second week of December. This year 167 children will receive toys, new clothes and a coat.