Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

November 8, 2012

Santa Claus (came) to town


Even Santa is getting behind a local Toys for Tots gift campaign, delivering nearly two dozen new toys to a donation site at Huddy's Market, 2015 S. Jackson.

“You can say I was in an 18-wheeler pulled by reindeer and noticed the store coming into town, and Rudolph said he wanted to run some toys in there,” laughed a 65-year-old Jacksonville native who only identified himself as “Santa Claus.”

“Actually, one of the employees was visiting (a mutual friend) and I heard her talking about the Toys for Tots box at the store, and how they didn't have any gifts yet, so I decided to contribute,” he said, describing how he has supported other holiday campaigns in past years, like the Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign.

“I do this kind of stuff all the time, I guess it's because I've been blessed in may ways, and it's good to give back,” Santa said. “I figure it'll help kickstart the Christmas (programs).”

Huddy's store manager Kandace Webster said a Toys for Tots donation box set up near the front of the store for three weeks hadn't gotten much use until “Santa Claus” came by bearing an armful of gifts to donate to the cause.

She's hoping that when customers see the new toys inside the box, they'll be inspired to donate, too.

Meanwhile, Huddy employees are excited about the program, and they and their families are collecting funds to purchase new toys to donate.

“They're really enthusiastic about this,” Webster said. “It's our first year to do Toys for Tots – last year, we drew names off (an Angel) tree. I think (employees get behind these programs) because it's our favorite time of year.”

The national Christmas toy drive, founded in 1947 in Los Angeles by Marine Corps reservist William Hendricks, kicked off in October, with collection boxes located throughout the city for donated new, unwrapped toys.

Donation spots include: Atwoods, Jacksonville Auto Glass, Jacksonville Daily Progress, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital/Rec Center, Animal Medical Center, Allen's Tires, Wal-Mart, Austin Bank on S. Jackson, Texas National Bank, Jacksonville Public Library, City Hall, Jacksonville Iron Works Gym, Pam' s Cleaners, Bacon Auto Country, Bill McRae Ford, both Dollar General stores, City Pawn, Tractor Supply, Texas State Low Cost Insurance, Prosperity Bank, Huddy's Market in Rusk, Cherokee Electric Coop, Whitehead Enterprises, Rusk State Hospital, For Heaven's Sake flea market, Citizens 1st Bank, Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Skyview/Hodge units, the Dec. 15  Rusk Junior High 5K Run and Ace of Pawn.  

The campaign runs through Dec. 22.

Monetary donations also are being collected, with 97 cents of every dollar used to purchase new toys, while the remainder pays for supplies and advertisement. All proceeds benefit children in need in Cherokee County.

Funds – addressed to Toys for Tots Foundation – may be sent to Marine Corps League Detachment 1381, P.O. Box 573 Jacksonville, TX 75766. Or contact Stephen Hutson, Jr. Vice Commandant of Marine Corps League Det. 1381, at 903-586-2016, or email, Scoobyusmc63@aol.com

Local detachment member Chuck Bone said that while the campaign is still in the early stages, “it's going well … all in all, it's looking good at this stage of the game.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Dispatcher Enge 0416.tif JPD dispatcher killed in wreck

    A dispatcher for the Jacksonville Police Department was killed Monday on her way to work, according to officials.
    Amber Enge, 35, of Whitehouse was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon on CR 2177 in Whitehouse.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CR speed limit changes, E-filling fee top agenda

    On Monday, Cherokee County commissioners set April 28 to hold public hearings concerning the changing speed limits on two county roads.

    April 16, 2014

  • Catherine look.tif Religious lines drawn: Protesters met by members of Church of Wells

    Other than a few community members' voices that rose above the crowd, the protest Saturday against the Church of Wells remained peaceful.

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • HOPE event Pic 433.tif Folks attend weekend fundraiser for H.O.P.E.

    It was an evening fit for royalty, as supporters of the Helping Others Pursue Enrichment (H.O.P.E.) program gathered Saturday at The Castle on the Lake outside Jacksonville for “A Renaissance Evening.”

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church Member looks.tif Church of Wells members attend protest

    About 30 members of the Church of Wells arrived at a protest Saturday. The event was planned after an incident at Wells Homecoming Day on April 5 where the church loudly "street preached" causing a disruption. Three of the church members were injured by two men at the parade. On Saturday, the event was peaceful, despite a few loud voices.

    See the complete story and photos in the next edition of the Daily Progress on Tuesday, April 15.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • ScholarshipAwards.tif 5 receive scholarships from Chamber’s Agri-Business Committee

    The Agri-Business Committee of the Jacksonville Chamber recently awarded five $1,000 scholarships at the Annual Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show on March 29.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deadline to file taxes nears

    As an April 15 deadline for individuals to file their 2013 federal tax return approaches, pressure is mounting for tax preparers.

    April 11, 2014

  • Protest, march planned in Wells

    The town of Wells is planning a march to the R&R Mercantile on U.S. Hwy. 69 from the former Dairy Queen to protest the Church of Wells.
    The event is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

    April 11, 2014

  • Court date set for JP hearing

    A court date has been reset to April 28 for a hearing of a petition by a local primary candidate in an upcoming Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace race.

    April 11, 2014

  • Luncheon to include update on Lake Columbia

    Updates on the proposed Lake Columbia will be the topic at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  
    Kelly Holcomb, general manager for Angelina Neches River Authority, will provide updated information on the proposed Lake Columbia between Jackson-ville and New Summerfield.

    April 11, 2014

Election 2012
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide