Downtown Bristol businesses band together for toy drive; offering deals to donors


Businesses in downtown Bristol are banding together to help out children in need this holiday season. And it could mean deals and discounts for you.

"Obviously a tattoo shop can reach only so many people," The Bristol Tattoo Company owner Justin Brown said. "But a furniture store and a fabric store, a hair salon, they're going to have a much greater reach."

If you bring in a donation worth $30, each of the dozen stores participating will give you a special discount in return.

"We just want to help these kids," Fabric Etc owner Billy Frye said. "To do that as a community is even better."

All of the toys are going to Abuse Alternatives, a center that helps victims of domestic abuse.

"With all of the problems with opioids, joblessness and difficulty that people have especially during the holiday season, this is an organization that has a huge impact," Paramount's Executive Director Miles Marek said.

Abuse Alternatives Executive Director Donna Mix said last year they helped 1,100 people in the community, including children of victims.

"A lot of times they're taken out of the home with just their clothes," she said.

Last Christmas, they gave gifts to 25 children. This year, they hope to help event more. So they're looking for donations including toys, electronics, games, school supplies and clothes for children 17 year old and younger.

Brown said they are also accepting gift cards.

"When you think, there's kids removed from their homes, they're going to miss out on Christmas, how great is it that as a downtown community, we can go forward and help these kids,"

The toy drive starts on November 13.

These are the participating businesses and the discounts offered. All gifts must be brand new and brought in with a receipt:

Bank Street Bristol: (3) $10 Gift Certificates

Birthplace of Country Music: (2) Museum Admissions

Bristol Tattoo Company: $50 Gift Certificate

Christina's Closet: (3) $10 Gift Certificates

Fabric Etc: 30% off In Stock Fabric

Goodman Jewelers: 10% off In Stock Merchandise Free Watch Battery

Misty Mountain Designs: (3) $10 Gift Certificates

Paramount Center for the Arts: BOGO Ticket to the Cleverlys On Nov. 30

Team Shear Obsession: Complimentary Conditioning Treatment

Virginia Vintage Interiors: $40 Gift Certificate

W.M. King: $30 Gift Certificate

Whiskey Rebellion: (3) BOGO Half Off Entree

The drive will end on December 18th.