163 get free toys, coats, shoes at Red Hill Church



Organizers said 163 children turned out last Saturday at Red Hill Church in West Blount County for the finale of the congregation’s free Christmas toys and clothing drive. All kids were allowed to select two free toys. Shoes, coats, gloves, and toboggans were also available in various sizes for those who need them. The effort is headed by pastor Danny Norton and church member Alton Gann, who said this is the fifth year for the event. Supplies of toys and clothing are collected throughout the year for the December giveaway. Families throughout the western part of Blount County and in the Empire area of Walker County were invited to attend. Gann said there are toys left over if there are still children in need. Interested parents should call Red Hill Church pastor Danny Norton at 647-0715 to schedule a time to come to the church. – Ron Gholson