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Wooden Nickel holds own toy drive

Ennis believes in giving, and that includes the employees of the Wooden Nickel.
The staff spent one day this Christmas season collecting toys for kids who go gift-less this time of year.
Unable to team up with local charity organizations, the Wooden Nickel staff, including Robert Cornwell and Shawn Tang, worked with their own Dallas sister establishment –– the Cock and Bull –– to donate toys to Santa’s Helpers of Dallas.
Although this is the first year the Wooden Nickel has participated in a toy drive in Ennis, the Cock and Bull has been at it five years now.
“The toy drive was Robert’s idea,” owner Tang said. “Both of our establishments are neighborhood places and we are always looking for opportunities to give back to the community. We always do it on Robert’s birthday so whenever someone asks him what he wants for his birthday, he tells them to bring toys to the toy drive.”
The Santa’s Helpers Toy Drive is an annual event headed by former Channel 8 weathercaster Troy Duncan, a former Ennisite.
In previous years the business has collected between 800 and 1,000 toys for the drive. With the additional support of Ennis it’s likely the group reached that amount if not exceeded it.
“We raised a lot of toys out of the Ennis location,” Cornwell said.
Employees of the Wooden Nickel are looking forward to participating in future toy drives during Christmas and hope to turn this first-time event into an Ennis staple.

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