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Lexington Medical Center Irmo and the Salvation Army have partnered together to brighten the holidays of children in need with a “Fill the Bus” Toy Drive.

The drive is in honor of Brandon Byrd, the son of Lexington Medical Center Irmo patient access representative Cynthia Byrd. Brandon died in a car accident in 2007 at age 20. Since then, Cynthia has worked tirelessly throughout the Midlands to honor her son’s life by holding events that seek to do everything from raising money for local libraries to adopting a highway and collecting school supplies.

“We want to make a difference for children when they wake up on Christmas morning,” Cynthia said. “There are so many people in Columbia who care and have the heart and desire to give. I want to bless the community while remembering my son.”

The event will take place Thursday, Dec 9, from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Community members can drop off new, unwrapped toys in the front parking lot of the community medical center at 7034 St. Andrews Road, Columbia. One of the top items on the wish list is clothing in sizes 4 to 16 for boys and girls. Another wish list item is bicycles for older children, ages 9 to 12. All items will go directly to 2,600 children in the Midlands.

Toys can also be dropped off at the Salvation Army office at 3024 Farrow Rd. in Columbia.

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