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By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Yeah, its been a bit cold out lately, but dont let that stop you from getting your favorite kind of ice cream and donating to Wilson County Christmas for All.

Baskin-Robbins in Lebanon and the Lebanon Fire Department are joining together for a fund raising event to be held from 5 until 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, where you can bring a toy, or toys, or a cash donation, if you prefer, to give to firefighters who will in turn donate them to Christmas for All.

In addition, you can purchase ice cream and 31 percent of all sales that evening will be donated to purchase toys for Christmas for All, said Stacy Tyree, shift manager of the local Baskin-Robbins.

The more people we have, the more were going to be able to give back to those in need, Tyree said.

LFD will be on hand at the event with a fire truck, ready to accept donations.

Tyree said this was the first time Baskin-Robbins had partnered with LFD for the toy drive.

Recently, two roadblocks planned by firefighters to collect funds to purchase toys for Christmas for All were rained out which created a shortage of donations. Chief Chris Dowell told The Wilson Post in an article that ran in the Nov. 30 edition the department will hold two golf tournaments in 2012, one in the spring and one in the fall to raise additional funds.

A golf tournament earlier this year raised $13,000 for the departments toy drive. Firefighters shopped on Monday at Walmart for toys for about 400 children.

Tyree noted Baskin-Robbins holds fund raisers for various groups each year. We do all kind of fund raisers. We knew the Fire Department does a toy drive each year and thought why not?

With the economy the way it has been, she said she knew help was needed, and bringing your family for some ice cream was a fun, inexpensive way to assist others who might be struggling this year.

Its one night, Tyree said, encouraging everyone to bring a toy or a cash donation. Everything is going to help.

The special fund raising event with LFD will be at the Baskin-Robbins location in Lebanon only at 1023 West Main Street.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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