SELMER, Tenn. — Crossroads area families are encouraged to join their McNairy County neighbors to deliver some needed Christmas spirit to Western Kentucky.

Volunteers will be collecting toys to be delivered to children impacted by a Dec. 10 devastating tornado in Mayfield, Ky. and the surrounding Graves County area.

All items for the “Western Kentucky Toy Drive” should be new, unwrapped and in original packaging when dropped off at Selmer Walmart. People can donate items from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 15-16.

“We want the people of Mayfield to have the best Christmas possible,” said McNairy County Mayor Larry Smith.

Donations which will be accepted are toys, books, electronics and $25 VISA or MasterCard gift cards. Those in need are from infant to teenagers.

Mayfield residents could be without heat, water and electricity for weeks or longer, according to state officials.

“Many in Western Kentucky have lost everything,” said Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshar. “We can make this season a little easier for those who are hurting by donating as toy, book or gift card to bring them some hope and joy during the holidays.”

Mayor Smith hopes his Mississippi neighbors to the south in Alcorn, Tishomingo, Tippah and Prentiss counties will join the effort to bring a much needed lift to the Mayfield area.


A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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