Students Receive Special Christmas Gifts

Published: December 14, 2016

toydrive2016Toy drive provides Christmas gifts for some 200 local children.

Academic & career readiness staff at Johnston Community College and J & M Auction in Smithfield brought lots of smiles to faces and joy in hearts Dec. 7 when they handed out toys, blankets and coats for Christmas to a record 209 children of students in the program for the third year.

Michelle and Jimmy Jones, owners of J & M Auction of Smithfield, and their auction patrons started donating bicycles, dolls, tractors and other toys for the third annual drive in January of this year.

"This is wonderful knowing these children are going to have a better Christmas," Michelle Jones said as she watched students received wrapped gifts for their families. "Our staff, buyers and sellers look so forward to this."

Academic & career readiness programs at JCC help adults refresh their reading and math fundamentals, complete a high school credential, or learn English as a second language.

For more information about academic & career readiness educational opportunities at JCC, please contact Jessica Rieger at (919) 209-2065 or by e-mail at

Cut line: Michelle Jones, back, is all smiles as Jessica Rieger, director of academic & career readiness programs at JCC, hands a student a Christmas gift for her child. For the third year in a row, J & M Auction and the college collected toys and clothes and shared with students in need.

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