Sheffield, Ala. – Monday, January 7, 2013 – The Bank Independent and WAFF 48 Joy of Sharing Toy Drive Campaign collected more than 2,400 toys—surpassing last year’s donations by almost 1,000 toys—which were donated to local charities throughout North Alabama for Christmas. In addition to the 2,400 toys, almost $1400 in gift cards and cash were donated and distributed as well. All of the toys and monetary donations provided a merrier Christmas to many local families and children this year. “We could not have asked for a greater response to this year’s toy drive,” shares Bank Independent President Macke Mauldin. “The amount of toys donated goes to show that we have some of the greatest customers and people in our local communities who are willing to give back and help those in need. We can’t thank our customers, community and team members enough for their generosity and support.” Safeplace Shoals, William Porter Foundation, Committee on Church Cooperation, DHR of Limestone County, Cornerstone Church in Lawrence County, Lauderdale County Christian Children’s Home (in conjunction with their toy drive), Angel Tree program at Lexington School and the Franklin County Fire Department in partnership with their toy drive were all recipients of toys from the 2012 Joy of Sharing Toy Drive.