Toy Tree kicks off campaign for Christmas 2009
HINI didn’t scare anyone away from the T.C. Square in Carbonear Nov. 19.
A crowd just as large if not larger than last year’s jammed the mall’s main concourse that evening for the official launch of the 103.9 FM KIXX Country Toy Tree.
The name of the cause changed last year, but the spirit of the season of giving did not. It was contagious among the hundreds who thronged around the Tree to kick off the 2009 campaign.
The 103.9 FM KIXX Country Toy Tree is a joint effort of the VOCM Cares Foundation, Salvation Army, Carbonear, the T.C. Square, and The Compass, the community newspaper of Trinity Conception, the same region served by the other partners.
All cash donations received from now until Christmas will be used to purchase food hampers for needy families in the area. All the gifts and toys collected will bring smiles to a lot of young girls and boys on Christmas morning.
Darlene Myers, station manager with 103.9 FM KIXX said they were “overwhelmed by the generosity in this area.” She pointed out that over $28,000 has been raised for this wor- thy cause in this area in the last six years.
Major Wilbert Hopkins of the Salvation Army, Carbonear noted every year during the campaign the Salvation Army collects and distrib--
Bill Bowman/The Compass utes approximately 1,000 gifts (including toys) to needy children in this area. They also provide about 300 families with food hampers - thanks to all the individuals and groups who get into the spirit of giving at this time of year.
Mickey T., Morning Show host and program director with KIXX Country hosted this year’s kick-off ceremonies while Judy Legge, office manager with KIXX Country recorded the gifts and cash donations as they were received.
Legge told The Compass some $525 in cash donations was present- ed, while approximately 310 gifts were placed in the corral under the Toy Tree during opening night.
The cash amount is up by $100 over the $425 collected during last year’s opening night, but the number of gifts is actually down by 72 from the 382 received during last year’s launch.
Besides a sack of toys, the Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department donated $25. The Kiwanis Club of Carbonear led the cash donations with $250. The Carbonear Lions Club; Branch 23, Royal Canadian Legion, Carbonear and town councils of Victoria, Salmon Cove and Carbonear contributed $50 each.
The corral under the Tree was filled with presents from the following groups and individuals: Carbonear, Cubs, Beavers, Sparkes, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers, Grade 6 class, Davis Elementary, all stores in the T.C. Square, CBN Legendary Car Club, Bethany United Church Chums, Luke Parker, Jacob and Annabella Sheehan, Daisy Dawe, Marsha Button and Joanne White and Kenyon and Kiera Reynolds.
The Salvation Army Band and St. Patrick’s Church choir set the mood for the launch with some music and song of the Christmas season.
HO! HO! HO! - The Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department didn’t just bring one toy to the Trinity Conception Square Nov. 19 for the Toy Tree. They brought a whole sack full. Their gifts were among the 310 received on opening night.
TOY TREE LAUNCHED - Among those on hand at the T.C. Square Nov. 19 for the annual launching of the Toy Tree were, from left: Jacob Sheehan, Sherry Sheehan, Majors Wilbert and Joan Hopkins, Salvation Army, Carbonear; Terri Green, president Mall Merchants Association; Mall Manager Gladys Mercer; Latoya Boland, Miss Teen TriCon; Sara Green, Miss Newfoundland and Labrador; Mickey T., Morning Show host and program director 103.9 FM KIXX; Darlene Myers, station manager, 103.9 FM KIXX and Judy Legge, office manager, KIXX Country.