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POSTED: December 22, 2010 2:09 p.m.
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Demere NeSmith, principal dealer with NeSmith Chevrolet Buick GMC in Claxton, stands among the truck loads of toys that were donated to Toys For Tots, Backus Children’s Hospital and Salvation Army as part of the company's 15-day “Facebook FunRaiser” fundraiser.

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CLAXTON — NeSmith Chevrolet Buick GMC distributed $36,718 in toys to three local organizations as a result of a 15-day “Facebook FunRaiser” that took place Dec. 1-15.
Toys For Tots, Backus Children’s Hospital and Salvation Army received thousands of toys Friday during a celebratory event at the dealership. Representatives from all three charitable organizations and the media were present to document this fabulous event.
“Our hearts are filled with such joy knowing that thousands of children will receive a Christmas gift this year from our efforts,” said Demere NeSmith, principal dealer at NeSmith. “Thank you to everyone that participated in the Facebook community.”
From Dec. 1-15, the dealership hosted the Facebook FunRaiser, donating a toy in honor of every new person that “liked” the company Facebook page. Demere NeSmith created the Facebook Toy FunRaiser to give the community an opportunity to reach out and give toys to children in need this Christmas.
Toys For Tots donations will be distributed in Fort Stewart and in Liberty, Long, Evans, Tattnall, Bulloch, Screven, Emanuel, Candler, Evans and Treutlen counties.
Backus Children’s Hospital toy donations will be distributed to admitted and outpatient children receiving care at the hospital.
Salvation Army will distribute its toys to children in need throughout Savannah and the surrounding counties. 
 “This is making such a tremendous difference,” said Marion Platt, commanding officer of Salvation Army in Savannah. “A family that just lost everything in a fire last week will receive some of these toys.” 
Leah Poole with Toys for Tots in Liberty and Long counties added, “This NeSmith donation put us over the top this year. Every single child on our list will receive a toy and stocking stuffer.”
The NeSmith Automotive Group is comprised of two “No Hassle” dealerships including NeSmith Chevrolet Buick GMC in Claxton and NeSmith-Walker Chevrolet Buick GMC in Jesup. For more information on NeSmith Chevrolet, visit www.nesmithnow.com.

 

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