No Toys For Tots this year

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Christmas could be bleak for many children this year because the county's largest distributor of toys to families in need is no longer in business — in Levy or Gilchrist counties.
Most folks, when contacted to ask about some organization taking up the slack admit they had no idea Toys for Tots was no longer serving Levy County.
And there is little likelihood anyone one or any group can make up the time to pull off a successful Christmas toy distribution this year.
That might be confusing to some Levy County residents who have noticed there are Toys For Tots collection boxes in several businesses in Chiefland. Those donations will be going to children in Dixie County.
Pat and Vince Arcadi, who have operated the Tri-Counties Toys For Tots with the blessing of the Toys For Tots Foundation in Washington, D.C., announced earlier this year they would no longer run the operation citing his poor health. The couple said at that time they were seeking volunteers to take over what is a year-round operation.
The Arcadis have not given up entirely on Toys for Tots, instead scaling back to distribute toys in Dixie County where they live.

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