Annual Community Toy Drive being held in north Clark County

YACOLT — The 13th annual Community Toy Drive, put on each year by North Country EMS and Yacolt Fire, is going on now and will continue until Dec. 15. The toy drive has been going on since Nov. 15.

Kim Pitts, of North Country EMS, said that every year they partner with the Giving Tree program at some of the local north Clark County schools. This program is coordinated each year by Lori Homola. Pitts said all of the toys collected go to the children in north Clark County and southeast Cowlitz County.

Annual Community Toy Drive being held in north Clark County
Personnel with North Country EMS and Yacolt Fire are currently holding their 13th annual Community Toy Drive in the north Clark County area. New, unused and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at several north Clark County locations until Dec. 15. Photo courtesy of Kim Pitts

“The programs benefit approximately 100 families each year,” Pitts said.

The toys collected are distributed to area families, along with the Giving Tree gifts from the schools.

Donated toys should be new, unused and unwrapped. As long as they are safe and unused, any toys will be accepted. Pitts has said in the past that they often receive a lot of toys geared toward younger children, so toys or gifts for older children are encouraged as well.

Toys can be dropped off until Dec. 15 at the following locations:

  • North Country EMS, 404 S. Parcel Ave., Yacolt
  • Amboy Fire Station, 30805 NE 215th Ave., Amboy
  • North County Hardware, 40600 NE 221st Ave., Amboy
  • Green Mountain School, 13105 NE Grinnell Road, Woodland
  • Yale Elementary School, 11842, Lewis River Road, Ariel

For additional information, contact Kim Pitts at (360) 686-3271 or via email at


About The Author

Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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