Calhoun Chiropractic Center donates toys, money to local program

Dr. Andria Brooks, a chiropractor at Calhoun Chiropractic Center, is pictured with the toys and check donated to the McLean County Christmas for Kids program.

The Calhoun Chiropractic Center held its 10th annual toy drive this past Christmas. The center was able to donate $1,687.25 to the McLean County Christmas for Kids programs, as well as several toys for children.

“Giving back to our community is something that we’ve always been passionate about here,” said Dr. Andria Brooks, a chiropractor at the center. “One of our main goals is to improve the health of the people in McLean County.”

The center begins its annual toy drive the week after Thanksgiving. The Monday following Thanksgiving, existing patients can bring in a donation in exchange for an adjustment.

The amount of $40 is taken from every new patient to the center the week before the toy drive creating the monetary donation provided by the center.

The coronavirus was a concern for 2020’s toy drive.

“We were a little concerned with whether we’d be able to donate as much because of COVID-19 because of all of the restrictions placed on our business, but it was very comparable to the ones we did in the past,” Brooks said.

Aside from the toy drive, the center breaks up the year into quarters and then decides who to donate to for each quarter. Right now, they are donating to the Riverside Nursing Home. Donations consist of items such as lotion, shampoo, baseball caps and jewelry.

“I am a big fan of giving back to the people that support us,” Brooks said. “This is the community I live in and that my children are growing up in. To be able to support this community, that is where all of my philanthropic donations go. When you bless other people, it comes back to you just as strong. You’re never going to feel bad for doing something that helps other people.”

All patients and non-patients can drop off donations at Calhoun Chiropractic Center. They are located at 344 KY 81 N in Calhoun. For questions about appointments or donations, call 270-273-5122.

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