Melissa Newkirk, contributor
On any given weekend, Blue Holler Off Road Park is bustling with ATV activity, but slinging mud and racing through hills and hollers are not the only things this off road park is good for. In the spirit of “it’s better to give than receive,” manager Leonard Hill forfeited the $15.00 gate fee during the month of November for those patrons who brought a toy to benefit Toys for Tots. He even had another local business owner join-in; Josh Casey at C&C Firearms donated his time to collect toys at the gate.
With just over a year in business, Hill felt that it was time to give back.
“It’s not so much the recognition of the park, but more so about where the donations are going," he said.
He said he hopes the awareness of this year’s donation will help future efforts for the Toys for Tots program, as the program's needs will increase.
Sponsored by the US Marine Corp, Toys for Tots is a not-for-profit assistance program that provides toys to disadvantaged children during the Christmas season. Nationally, more than 7 million children benefit from Toys for Tots.
Local director Lynette Saling was more than thrilled with the generous donation from Blue Holler Off Road Park. “I’ve been doing this for twenty years and I worry every year that we won’t have enough toys for the children of Edmonson County, but then an elf shows up with a donation like this, and my worry subsides," she said.
Tis the season for giving. It is not too late to join Blue Holler Off Road Park in spreading some Christmas cheer. Donations can still be made to local director, Lynette Saling, at Edmonson County 5/6 Center’s Family Resource Office, which will benefit Edmonson County’s Toys for Tots.