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Corry Auto Dealers Exchange, hosted a Christmas toy drive in December with all items being donated to The Hope Center, 160 W. Smith St., Corry. From left are George Pero, general manager of Corry Auto Dealers Exchange; Holly Callan, assistant general manager of Corry Auto Dealers Exchange; and Barbie and Dale Pfeil, co-directors of The Hope Center.
Corry auto auction bids on Hope Center for Christmas
By Erin Passinger
A holiday toy drive was hosted by the Corry Auto Dealers Exchange, 12141 Route 6 in December, and netted hundreds of items that made Christmas a little more merry for children in the local community.
Employees, dealers and visitors to CADE were asked to bring items to donate to its weekly auction. A table full of toys for boys and girls of all ages were collected and donated to The Hope Center, 160 W. Smith St., Corry.
“This means so much to us and to the kids,” said Barbie Pfeil, a co-director of The Hope Center along with her husband, Dale. “We have about 95 kids we are assisting this year.”
The Hope Center has worked to provide Christmas gifts to children ages birth through 18 through its Snowflake Tree. Families needing assistance providing gifts to their children submitted their child’s name, gender, age and brief Christmas wish list to The Hope Center.
The information was then written on a snow flake and hung on a Christmas tree in the dining room of Sam’s Restaurant and Fox’s Pizza, 8 E. Main St., Corry.
Community members were encouraged to fulfill snowflakes, but several wishes still remained.
“We have about 16 snowflakes still on the tree and I have 15 new names that haven’t been hung up yet,” Barbie Pfeil said. “This donation should bring us close to where we need to be.”
Holly Callan, assistant general manager of Corry Auto Dealers Exchange, said she became aware of the Snowflake Tree project through social media and she, along with George Pero, general manager of Corry Auto Dealers Exchange, decided to get CADE behind the effort.
“It’s a team effort between our employees and our dealers,” Callan said. “We have dealers come here from all over the tri-state area — Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. They always jump in and help as they love and support this community just as much as we do.”
For more information about The Hope Center, visit its website at www.corryhope.org.