EXP Realty is hosting a Christmas toy and food drive fundraiser in downtown Marion next weekend to support a wide arrange of needy people in the community.

And they are looking for more businesses and volunteers to take part.

On Saturday, Nov. 23 from noon to 5 p.m., EXP Realty will host an Old Fashioned Christmas theme drive with vendors, crafters, local businesses and agencies that will be set up on the courthouse lawn, downtown sidewalks, Main Street Stage and Exxon parking lot to help raise money, items of warmth and food for the community.

“There are 27 kids right now we are trying to help. McDowell County children that are in custody of DSS are in need of Christmas gifts, and they do not meet requirements of the Angel Tree,” said organizer Charlotte Bright. “We are also collecting canned food for distribution throughout the community, and if we are fortunate enough to raise excess funds, we will help other projects meet their needs.”

Admission is free to the public and the event is kid-friendly. There will be plenty of family activities including carolers, scavenger hunt with a grand prize, raffles, Santa Claus and live music. Canned goods, new unwrapped toys or blankets will be taken up as donations, which will allow people to receive additional raffle tickets.

“We want everyone to come out and enjoy a good time. We would like kids to dress up as their favorite Christmas character,” said Bright.

Bright said they are in need of more vendors, businesses and volunteers. There is a $25 fee for non-food vendors and a $50 fee for food vendors to participate, that will include advertisement. To be a vendor, volunteer or make a donation, call Charlotte Bright at 828-655-0911 or email her at More details can be found on their Facebook event page: The First Annual EXP Realty Christmas Toy Drive.

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