In a prepping room packed with an entire crew of 2nd shift Elk Creek miners, Hopkins County Coal presented WTTL members and fundraisers, Wanda Crowe and Stephanie Vandygriff, with a whopping monetary donation of $14,580.

As Elk Creek’s Business Manager, Chris Moore, told iSurf News, “In 2008, we gave a check for about $6,800 and we were very pleased with that, but when we started raising money this year, we kind of had a goal to beat that amount.  All these guys and gals are really good-hearted people and they’re always happy to help.”

Of the total $14,580 donation, Moore explained that half came from the miners, while the remaining half was matched by Hopkins County Coal.

“We had a little competition going between each shift,” said Moore, “and we told them that whatever they raised, the company would match it. It just kept growing and growing, and the competition got more intense. We had a great response and, between the two shifts, we brought in over $7,000. About 318 employees participated in raising donations with an average donation of over $30. It really just goes to show that all of our employees are good, kind-hearted people.”

Following the presentation of the “giant check,” which was wrapped with Christmas paper and a big bow, iSurf talked to a highly appreciative WTTL employee and long time Toy Drive fundraiser, Wanda Crowe, who explained that, “There are just no words to explain how thankful we are to receive this donation. This is the biggest single donation we have ever received in the Toy Drive’s history.”

Additionally, WTTL’s Toy Drive leader, Stephanie Vandygriff, told iSurf News that the extremely generous donation will help in providing new bicycles and other gifts to 415 Hopkins County families. 

To learn more about WTTL’s Annual Jerry O’ Toy Drive, please visit their page on Facebook at the following address:!/pages/WTTL-TOY-DRIVE/202250627783?v=wall.

Luke Short
iSurf News


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