Christmas decorations are starting to go up and the season of giving has kicked off. This year is the 5th year for the Derik Nissell Toy Drive. Beginning in November each year, the toy drive gives people a chance to help out local children who all need a brand new toy to unwrap for Christmas.
The Derik Nissell Toy House was set up to honor lifelong South Bend resident Derik S. Nissell who passed away in his mid-twenties on February 29, 2016. Derik enjoyed donating toys to kids in need while he worked for the Westport Shipyard. The toy house continues this tradition.
"We were unable to hold any of our fundraisers this year due to COVID, which has impacted the number of toys that we have been able to purchase," said Joyce Kidd, Derik's mother. "We are hoping that the community will continue to support this event with toys or monetary donations. We have no overhead so every penny donated goes to purchase toys for our local kids. Even though times are tough, we want to continue to share Derik's wish that every child has a gift on Christmas morning."
Drop off locations
- Dennis Company
- 7th Street Coffee
- Pioneer Grocery
- Elixir Coffee Shop
If you need your donation picked up, call Joyce at 360-875-6473. Toys are picked up from the drop off locations by Thursday, December 10.