Wildcat basketball team to share its Christmas with local families

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cassville's boys will host a toy drive in home opener

Cassville High School announced this week that its boys' basketball team will be working with local business leaders and the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) to collect toys as for children in need.

In a joint effort to make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas on Dec. 25, the Wildcats basketball team will wave the price of admission for their home opener on Tuesday in exchange for new, packaged toys that will be donated to families who need a little extra help for the holidays.

As an added bonus, Arvest Bank, Commerce Bank, Fastrip, Freedom Bank, and Security Bank have donated 75 event t-shirts to be given to the first 75 fans that arrive with a new, packaged toy. Cassville will host non-conference foe Blue Eye High School on Tuesday, with the freshman game beginning at 5 p.m., and the junior varsity and varsity games to follow. All games will be played Cassville High School. Toy collection and t-shirt distribution will begin prior to the freshman contest.

"Any time you get an opportunity to do something good for someone who really needs it, you feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment," said Danny Powers, Cassville coach. "Our kids are really looking forward to using basketball to make a difference in the community. Hopefully, we can continue working with area businesses and organizations like OACAC to make the lives of our community members better."

OACAC is a not-for-profit agency whose mission is to work towards alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in the Ozarks. OACAC benefits the families and communities of Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster Counties.

Families needing assistance should contact OACAC at 417-862-4314 or visit its website, http://www.oacac-caa.org, for more information.

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