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The Lake Gaston Association will again join The John 3:16 Center in their Annual Toy Collection Drive in support of their Christmas Outreach Program to provide gifts for approximately 500 local children, and the toy drive will run from November 5th through December 3, 2022.

Collection boxes have been placed in numerous businesses around the area: 

Northern End of Lake Gaston... 

Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer Office on Lizard Creek Road

Ace Hardware near Food Lion

Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce

Subway Restaurant (next to the Chamber)

Lake Gaston Outfitters

Lake Gaston Coffee

Jenny Cakes at the Lake 

Downtown Littleton... 

Littleton Town Hall

Daphne’s Coffee Shop

Littleton Food and Spirits

Our Toy Drive will conclude at the December 7th LGA monthly meeting at the Lake Gaston Baptist Church where we will present Jodie Dowhan, John 3:16 Board Chair, with the toys, books, games, etc.  Toy collection boxes will also be available at the meeting between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  The Center asks that all gifts be new and unwrapped, and they do not distribute any toy weapons of any kind. 

Gender-neutral gifts are always good: puzzles (under 500 pieces), books, board games, coloring books, baby toys, etc. They have had children registered from 1 month old to 16 years old.  Every child gets a book, so appropriate books for different age levels (books that boys may enjoy are often hardest to find) will be appreciated.  Balls, dolls (ethnically diverse), art supplies, craft/model kits, small handheld electronic games, toy cars and trucks, watches, or inexpensive jewelry for older children, etc. are also typical of the types of gifts given in the past. 

If you would like to send a donation instead, please make checks payable to The John 3:16 Center, Memo: Christmas Outreach, and mail them to The John 3:16 Center, P.O. Box 1541, Littleton, NC 27850. These donations help with the cost of purchasing clothing and filling in gaps for appropriate toys and books as needed for the children served. 

Your help in bringing a smile to a childs face on Christmas morning will be sincerely appreciated.  For more information, call the LGA Office at (252) 586-6577, or The John 3:16 Center at (252) 586-1800.  

There are also many volunteer opportunities available if you are interested in both our Littleton and Roanoke Rapids locations. Some of these include sorting, organizing, shopping, assisting with processing applications, assisting a parent in selecting items, and helping with the Christmas Party. 


Please contact Shannon McAllister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carolyn Ross-Holmes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be updated on volunteer opportunities.  Please follow The John 3:16 Center on Facebook www.facebook.com/John316Center to stay updated!