Blaine’s giving project enters second year

T-R FILE PHOTO Blaine Fisher with toys he collected in 2018 for the Salvation Army in place of his own birthday presents. He is doing the project again this year and is hoping members of the community will contribute.

For the second consecutive year, a rural Marshalltown man is willing to forgo his birthday presents in order to help collect toys for the Salvation Army Christmas campaign.

In honor of his Nov. 8 birthday, Blaine Fisher, 29, will hold his second annual toy drive.

The toys, for children ages 0 up to 12 years, will be collected at various locations in Marshalltown, before being turned over to the Salvation Army to be distributed.

Fisher said he does the drive in order to help those who are less fortunate.

“It was great to be able to help those affected by the tornado last year, and this year I just want to help people who may not know what real love is by giving them Christmas presents,” Fisher said.

Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the following Marshalltown locations:

• Ann’s Alterations, 507 W. High Street

• Papa Murphy’s, 2500 S. Center Street, Suite A002

• Restore Church,134 East Main Street

• REM, 21 S. 2nd Ave.

The drive will begin on Nov. 16, with the deadline is Dec. 6. Last year Fisher was able to collect two car loads of toys and he is hoping to beat that this year.

“Your help is much appreciated,” Fisher said.