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12-Year-Old Challenges Businesses to Donate 1000 Toys

RENO, Nev. (Nov. 9, 2011) – Ashlee’s Toy Closet is among the many non-profit organizations in northern Nevada looking for help this holiday season.

Ashlee Smith, president of Ashlee’s Toy Closet, working in partnership with The Laughton Company, is challenging the community to help her collect 1,000 donated toys, clothes or books for children who otherwise may not receive a Christmas morning gift.

“No matter what holiday you celebrate, everyone should have something to open,” Smith said. “I have always been fortunate, but there are a lot of kids out there who don’t have anything to look forward to on Christmas.”

The Laughton Company, located at 140 Washington St., serves as the main drop-off location for Ashlee’s Toy Closet challenge.

According to Mitch Laughton, president, “We encourage businesses of all sizes and individuals to join us in supporting Ashlee’s goal. We’ve seen this community do the incredible and we see this yet another way to make a difference.” Donations are accepted from Nov. 10 through Dec. 5, 2011.

The Laughton Company will also schedule donation pick-ups from businesses during the week of December 12, 2011. All donations will support Ashlee’s Toy Closet. Smith started the organization in 2005 when her family was affected by the Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Her mission to continue to help children affected by natural disasters has expanded to help children all over the world, regardless of circumstances.

To date, Ashlee’s Toy Closet has donated more than 175,000 toys to children across the nation. To get involved in the challenge or for more information about Ashlee’s Toy visit www.ashleestoycloset.org. To schedule a donation pick-up, contact The Laughton Company at www.laughtonco.com or call 775-327-6009.


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