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Local bank hosts toy drive

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

The Bank of North Georgia is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive at its 42 branches, in metro Atlanta, which include the Riverdale location.

The drive is scheduled to kick off Friday, and will last through Dec.17, according to Bank of North Georgia Marketing and Communications Officer, Brittany Williams.

Each branch has selected a different charity which will receive the donated toys, Williams said.

The Bank of North Georgia's Riverdale branch has selected the Clayton County Division of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS), as its charity which will receive the toys, she said.

The Riverdale branch is located at 7384 Highway 85.

The Department of Family and Children Services will decide which local families will receive the toys.

"Team members decided on a charity based upon what they think the community needs," said Williams.

"Bank of North Georgia is very much at the heart of community life, in Metro Atlanta, supporting those institutions and programs that make the communities we serve desirable places to live and work," said Don Howard, Chairman and CEO of Bank of North Georgia.

According to a press release issued by the Bank of North Georgia, anyone can donate, new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls, to their local Bank of North Georgia branch.

"Our branch teams are excited to embrace a local charity this season by collecting new and unwrapped toys [for] local families," said Howard.

Williams said that the toys will likely be delivered, by the charities, during the immediate days after the drive ends.

"We realized there was a need [for giving] especially with the economy," said Williams. "We have a heart for kids, and thought this would be a great way to give presents during the holidays."

Last year, the Bank Of North Georgia collected 1,850 toys, according to the statement.

Williams said the company does not have a set goal for this year, but hopes to collect more toys than last year.

"We are hoping that all children will have a joyous holiday this year," said Don Howard.