The annual Johnia Berry Toy Drive is now underway at Food City. This marks the 15th year the retailer has hosted the memorial drive, which began in 2005.
The drive is held each year to honor the late Johnia Berry and her love of children.
“Johnia was extremely passionate about helping children and Food City is proud to be part of the annual Johnia Berry Toy Drive, which donates thousands of toys to needy children in our area each year,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.
The drive, which kicked off Nov. 6, continues through Dec. 3. Specially marked collection containers are located at area Food City locations throughout the Tri-Cities. New, unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 14 can be dropped off at participating stores.
The toys are scheduled to be distributed on Dec. 6, the anniversary of Johnia’s death.
The Berry Family has selected a number of local agencies to receive the toys, including Haven of Mercy, Tri-State Children’s Home, Safe Passage Women’s Shelter, Community Help Center of Northeast TN, Cumberland Mountain Community Services of Cedar Bluff, VA, ETSU’s Little Bucs, HOPE Center of Greeneville, local schools in Virginia and Tennessee and many others.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City’s parent company) operates 132 retail outlets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, Chattanooga and north Georgia.