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Several business owners recently gathered at the Peg Broadcasting studios and office to celebrate the kickoff for the 11th annual Christmas on the Mountain toy drive. Those who attended the kickoff, in no particular order, are Julie Vaden, John Ridgeway and Charlotte Newcomer from Christmas on the Mountain; Gordon Stack and Panama Jack from Peg Broadcasting; Kelly and Barbara Shepherd from Big Boy's BBQ; Amy Smith from Crossville Flooring; Judy Kirkland from Dollar General in FFG; Terri Sitton from First Bank; Chelsea Crabtree from Plateau�Lanes; Sarah Harvey from Verizon Wireless; and Omar Kalgren from Omar's Place.

The Christmas season is approaching quickly and one Cumberland County nonprofit agency is ensuring that children who are in need have a special Christmas this year.

Christmas on the Mountain is currently collecting toys for its eleventh annual toy drive. 
The group is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages. The toys may be dropped off in the big red barrels found at any of the locations around the Crossville area from now through Dec. 9.

"We are collecting toys for 600 children this year. This is our 11th year and each year has gotten bigger and better," said Julie Vaden, coordinator for Christmas on the Mountain. "We also have an account at Cumberland County Bank for those who would rather make a cash donation."

Christmas on the Mountain is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible.

"We have to provide for 600 kids this year, so we really need help this year," Vaden said.

Drop-off locations this year for placing toys in the big red barrels are at Comfort Keepers, Crossville Flooring, Crossville Pawn and Gun, Discount Building and Home Supply, Crossville Tire and Appliance, First Bank, Peg Broadcasting, Rocky Top Realty, Dollar General in Fairfield Glade, Big Boy's BBQ, Save-a-Lot, Omar's Place, Plateau Bowling Lanes, Shadden Tire (both locations), Verizon Wireless, and Volunteer Hearth and Home.

The group will then host a wrapping party on Dec. 10. Several volunteer helpers will also be needed for the wrapping party.

For more information about helping for this year's Christmas on the Mountain toy drive, call Julie Vaden at 707-8886.

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