About 50 years ago on a Christmas Eve, police officer Al Myers answered a call to a family residence. Upon taking care of the matter for the call he realized the children at this home had no Christmas gifts waiting for them.

Al returned to the station and told his fellow officer to go home and clean out their kids toy boxes, as their own shopping was already done, so these children would receive something Christmas morning. Thus Al's Toys or in latter years Toys for Manhattan was born.

It still continues today and helps many in our community and surrounding area who might otherwise go without at Christmas.

This year the shop is located at 8900 Green Valley Drive in Green Valley Business Park. Anyone may drop off donations at the shop on Tuesday and Thursday evenings thru Dec. 13 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. There are collection sites in the city as well: Riley County Police Dept, 1001 S. Seth Child Road; McCullough Development, 210 N. 4th St.; Manhattan Fire Dept, 2000 Denison Ave.; Orscheln Farm & Home Supply, 427 Hummel Place and O'Reilly Auto Parts, 700 Ft. Riley Blvd.

Also Water's True Value, Abbott Management Office, Early Edition Restaurant West, Menards, Little Apple Nutrition, Dollar General north & east, Community First National Banks, American Family Insurance Tim Engle Agency, DeHart Plumbing, Sorell-Iversen Chiropractic Clinic, Manhattan Dental, First United Methodist Church, Edward Jones Financial in Wamego, Legacy Reality of Kansas, Bellus Academy, Salon Brands, Via Christi Home Medical, Books-A-Million in Town Center Mall, Advance America-Cash Advance, Inspire ENT Pulmonology, and Trust Company, and The Blue Moose.

Questions please call 785-313-2013. You are providing a brighter holiday for less-fortunate families in our community.

Judy Padgett, director

Toys for Manhattan

2004 Timber Creek Drive

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