Toy Tree kicks off cam­paign for Christ­mas 2009

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.

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