The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

October 17, 2013

Camanche toy drive begins

CAMANCHE — Christmas is a time of joy and goodwill to all, and the men at the Camanche VFW are working diligently to assure that all the children in their community will get to experience the joy of Christmas.

Mike Fullerton and Glenn Williams, of the Camanche VFW, have worked hard since Oct. 1 getting their Toys for Tots campaign up and running, with the hopes they can make this year, their first with the organization, a strong foundation for years to come.

“We’re hoping, no, we are going to grow this program,” Fullerton said. “We need to get the numbers back up to where they belong .”

Over the past several years, participation numbers have not been as strong as Fullerton would have liked to see, so this year, he is making it his mission to make sure every child in the program gets a little Christmas.

“The slogan for Toys for Tots is ‘every child deserves a little Christmas,’ so that’s what we are attempting to do,” Fullerton said.

He and Williams have been recruiting volunteers from all over Clinton County including, Community Action of Eastern Iowa in DeWitt and RSVP in Clinton, to join together in the Toys for Tots campaign.

Fullerton said by utilizing his connections to the community, he is able to gain support by bringing the area together, instead of each rural community having their own collections, as it has been in the past.

“Before, kids were only getting toys from their own towns. When you have a smaller town there are less people to donate and less toys to give,” Fullerton said. “If we pool everything in the county together, that will give us a lot more to choose from and a lot more to distribute evenly.”

If all goes well, according to Williams, the distribution should happen the week before Christmas. Each child enrolled in the program will receive anywhere from three to five toys, from the Toys for Tots campaign, on Christmas morning.

Text Only
Local News
  • 4-23-14 Clinton Middle School Forum Photo 2 Leadership Team field concerns from parents CLINTON -- Progress on the new Clinton Middle School continues to move forward and as the deadline for completion draws nearer, school district officials and staff members are interested to know how the community is feeling about the project. What th

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • O'Neill presents CBA terms CLINTON - Public support for emergency responders has grown over the two weeks since the Clinton City Council tabled its collective bargaining resolution with city firefighters. The matter was still unresolved by the end of Tuesday's regular council

    April 23, 2014

  • Man charged in meth case

    A Clinton man has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

    Timothy W. Atkinson, 35, 1419 Honey Lane, was arrested Sunday after Clinton police executed a search warrant at his residence.

    April 23, 2014

  • Judge denies guilty plea withdrawal

    A Clinton County District Court judge has denied a man's attempt at withdrawing a guilty plea.

    Eric R. Hook, 45, 900 S. 10th St., was sentenced last week to no more than five years in prison for willful injury causing bodily injury, a class D felony. He also was given a sentence of no more than two years in prison for domestic abuse assault, second offense, to be served concurrently.

    April 23, 2014

  • Medication drop boxes available

    Although no formal event is planned in Clinton County for Saturday’s nationwide Medication Take Back Day, area officials are reminding residents this week about permanent drop boxes at area law enforcement agencies.
    Unused or expired medications can be disposed of during normal business hours in the lobbies of four police departments in Clinton County — Camanche Police Department, 819 South Washington Blvd.; Clinton County Sheriff’s office, 241 Seventh Ave. North; Clinton Police Department, 116 Sixth Ave. South; DeWitt Police Department, 606 Ninth St.

    April 23, 2014

  • Legal Services photo New legal services agreement proceeds CLINTON - By one vote, the Clinton City Council voted for Lynch Dallas over local firm Frey, Haufe and Current as its next city attorney service. On Tuesday, in a show of solidarity, the council was unanimous, officially hiring the Cedar Rapids group

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Online Center hosts blood drive CLINTON -- Ashford University's Online Center will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at 1390 19th Avenue Northwest inside the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center donor bus. To donate, contact Amanda Pearson at

    April 23, 2014

  • Building to feature generator CLINTON -- After more than seven years of planning, the Clinton County Administration building is getting a new 300-kilowatt diesel-powered Caterpillar generator installed on the campus allowing it to become a certified emergency shelter and warming

    April 23, 2014

  • Northeast Middle and Senior High schools Northeast Middle and Senior High schools have released their third-quarter honor roll: Seventh Grade Keaton Bormann, Keenan Bredekamp, Faith Brown, *Jarrett Brown, Logan Butler, *Ty Cain, *Payton Claussen, Jalyn Cooper, Julian Creger, *Jacob Crow, Au

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Paul Blair photo Blair named Bridgeview's executive director CLINTON -- Bridgeview Community Mental Health Center's Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Paul Blair as the new executive director of Bridgeview, which is a Gateway-area provider of comprehensive mental health services. Blair e

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche
Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.