25K in toys collected thanks to Toy Convoy

Toy Convoy rolled through Manchester Nov. 1. The event gives an opportunity to residents to donate toys and brighten the holidays for local children. The toys will be distributed through Manchester Police Department, Steve Graves and Gene Taylor Christmas Foundation and Wartrace Fire Department.

“Over 300 vehicles stretched for miles down Highways 41 and 64 as people came in from all over to bring happiness to the children this year,” said Katy Ishee, organizer of the event. “We estimated over $25,000 in toys were collected.”

Friends of Highway 41 Toy Convoy, Samuel and Misty Jarrett, Frances and Billy Eley, Rodney Hall and The Ridge Runners Jeep Club honored Ishee with dozens of flowers and a plaque, thanking her for organizing Toy Convoy, said Ishee. The event is in its 24th year.

“This was the most beautiful convoy we’ve ever had,” Ishee said. “The weather was perfect and the people who come out to support us year after year have been amazing.”

Ishee expressed appreciation to all participants.

“I want to thank the Town of Wartrace for the perfect plaque honoring the Toy Convoy,” she said. “Thanks to the help of everyone who helped, it ran so smoothly this year.”

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