Army veteran collecting toys for kids in need Saturday

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Major Jonathan McDougal, who served in the army for 22 years, wants to help make Christmas special for kids who may be less fortunate this holiday season. He is gearing up for a toy drive being held this Saturday at The Embrace Center in Huntsville. He is collecting the toys for the Sunshine and Darkness 2nd Annual Community Toy Drive, held by Shalonda Hambrick. The organization was created to bring light to every dark situation through motivational messages and love.

From 8am – 2pm on Saturday, folks can drop off toys at the Embrace Center, located at 3220 Lodge Road, Huntsville 35810. New toys are preferred. There will be donuts and coffee for those who stop by with gifts.

“Sometimes that will be the only smile someone will see. That will be the only kind act that someone has,” said McDougal. “So we just want to give back the same joy that we have when we receive gifts and share that joy with someone who may not be as fortunate as we are.”

This is the second year they have collected toys for the drive. The toys will be delivered on December 22nd.

McDougal earned two presidential accommodations and a bronze star while doing four tours in Afghanistan. He is now a minister at Solid Rock Christian Center in Huntsville and is an aspiring pastor.

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