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Freezin’ for a Reason

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 4:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 4:03 p.m. CST
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The Bureau County United Way (BCUW) has partnered with Princeton Jaycees this year to host its annual toy drive. The toy drive has kicked =off for the season and BCUW will host its Freezin’ for a Reason event again this year on Thursday to help raise toys and money for the drive. This year, BCUW Co-Chairman Matt Cochran will sit in the Cocoa Cottage until he collects either 1,000 toys or $5,000. Pictured (left to right) are BCUW Board member Amy Johnson; Lori Compton of Bureau County Red Cross, which is one of the 14 agencies BCUW serves, BCUW Board member Gina Nelson; Katie Dye of Princeton Jaycees and holding daughter Hattie; Abbi Cochran, co-chairman of the BCUW 2014 campaign holding son Eli; Bryce Cochran standing in front of his mom; BCUW Executive Director Andrea Anderson holding Emma Dye; BCUW Board member Frank Wolsfeld; and BCUW volunteer Trisha Mangold with son, Landon.

PRINCETON — The Bureau County United Way (BCUW) is revving up to host its second Freezin’ For a Reason event this Thursday, where BCUW co-Chairman Matt Cochran will sit inside the Cocoa Cottage near the Prouty Building until he collects either 1,000 toys or $5,000 for the annual toy drive.

The BCUW has teamed up this year with the Princeton Jaycees to host the county’s toy drive collection.

BCUW Executive Director Andrea Anderson was excited to announce the new partnership this year and said both organizations share the same goals, as far as philosophy and community support.

While the toy drive is a large project, which requires several hands and much dedicated time, Anderson said the BCUW is thankful for the partnership as it will allow more time to focus on the critical needs this time of year of the 14 agencies the BCUW serves.

Anderson confirmed this year’s Freezin’ for a Reason event is looking to raise more toys this year, as the number of referrals has increase to 700 children.

“We added 70 children to the list this year,” she said, which involves 300 families. “We’re having to work a little harder this year to be sure every child gets a gift.”

The Freezin’ for a Reason event is just a small part of the kick-off in the toy drive. The BCUW will be/has placing boxes in several locations around the county to help generate toy collection.

The BCUW is also looking for volunteers to help out with the toy collection and toy distribution. For those interested, contact Anderson at 815-872-0821.

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