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Durant Bell — toy collector

Greensboro’s Durant Bell is known by some as the principal partner of Bell Partners real estate investment group. But come holiday time he, along with the 1808 Foundation, become secret Santas, collecting toys for the Salvation Army to distribute to needy children. This year’s Gate City Santa takes place on the second floor of Natty Greene’s in downtown Greensboro on Thursday, Dec. 3, featuring funk by Hot Politics and $2 pints of Natty’s brews. The cover charge is simple: Bring an unwrapped toy. “For those who don’t have toys,” Bell says, “Victory Junction Gang is going to have a big truck out front with toys they’re selling for cost.” The 1808 Foundation, he says, is different from many other area philanthropic efforts. “A lot of groups try to get folks to donate their money. We say, ‘Come on out and donate your time.’ The intent is to get folks involved in what’s going on in the community.”

Durant Bell.

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