DeKALB – For the fifth year in a row, DeKalb police and firefighters will team up to face off against DeKalb School District 428 in a friendly basketball competition for their annual Christmas toy drive.
Organizers are hoping to surpass past records of raising an average of $300 and collecting more than 100 toys for children in need this holiday season, according to a news release.
The annual Guns and Hoses versus DeKalb Faculty Basketball game is set for 7 p.m. Monday (doors open at 6 p.m.) at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St., DeKalb.
Admission is one new, unwrapped toy per adult worth $5, or $5 at the door. Admission for students is one new, unwrapped toy or $2.
Snacks and water will be available, including donated Papa John’s pizza of DeKalb, and all concessions profits will go to the toy drive, according to the release.
For District 428 students, they’ll have their own chance to get in the competitive spirit, since the school with the most students in attendance wins the Attendance Plaque, bragging rights and a chance to display the trophy in their school until next year. Huntley Middle School is the reigning champ, according to the release.
The gifts are distributed to various agencies around DeKalb County for a joint Toys for Tots drive benefiting people through organizations such as The Salvation Army and Hope Haven. New this year, Toys for Tots is working with the Family Service Agency of DeKalb County to serve DeKalb and Sycamore families who were displaced in July fires.
Children 18 years and younger receive at least two toys, an age-appropriate book to promote literacy, several stocking stuffers and each family also receives a board game, puzzle or family video to promote family time, according to the release.
Source: The Daily Chronicle