Toys For Tots at PHD 2021

Toys For Tots director Shawonna Rhoades, far right, and Salvation Army Major Dolores Watts, second from right, are joined Saturday by representatives of Paris vehicle dealerships, including Toyota of Paris, James Hodge Dodge, Mathews Auto Group, Paris Ford, Paris Chevy and Paris Harley-Davidson, for the Toys For Tots drop-off event at Paris Harley-Davidson. The motorcycle dealership serves as the main drop-off spot. The dealerships delivered toys, bicycles and money for Toys For Tots for Lamar County children.

Boxes overflowed with brand new toys and new bicycles filled the spaces around them after local car dealerships made their drop-offs at Paris Harley-Davidson on Saturday.

The cutthroat competitors set aside their rivalries for just a few hours Saturday morning to make their deliveries and take a few pictures with Santa Claus. Representatives of Paris Ford, Paris Chevrolet Buick GMC, James Hodge Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Paris, Mathews Auto Group Paris and Toyota of Paris shook hands, laughed and talked as they brought box after box of new toys for Lamar County children to open on Christmas morning.

David Money is the assistant managing editor for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6964 or

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