Johnia Berry Memorial Toy Drive now in its 9th year

Ten years after a Tri-Cities native was murdered in Knoxville, her family and friends continue to honor her memory by holding a toy drive.

The Johnia Berry Memorial Toy Drive continues through December 5th.   News Channel 11 and Food City once again are sponsors of the toy drive.

People can bring new, unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 14 years to bins at Food City stores.   The toys will be dispersed to local children’s charities on December 6th, the anniversary of Johnia’s death.

Berry moved to Knoxville with plans to finish her education and work in a career that would help needy children.   She was murdered by a man who broke into her apartment after she spent an evening wrapping presents for children she knew.

“This is what Johnia would want,” said Joan Berry, Johnia’s mother.  “As long as we show love and compassion for children, a part of Johnia is still with us.  That was so much of who she was.”

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