Help­ing wor­thy cause

Donors shower Toy Tree with gifts and toys for girls and boys

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BYBILL BOW­MAN

Stores in the Trinity Con­cep­tion Square, lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and chil­dren turned out at the mall in Car­bon­ear last Thurs­day, Nov. 17 to fill the cor­ral un­der the Toy Tree with over 1,400 gifts and toys.

That’s triple the num­ber col­lected dur­ing last year’s of­fi­cial Toy Tree launch.

Hundreds of spec­ta­tors jammed the mall’s main con­course to help kick off the 32nd an­nual Toy Tree cam­paign.

The Toy Tree is a joint ef­fort of the VOCM Cares Foun­da­tion, Sal­va­tion Army, Car­bon­ear; T.C. Square and The Com­pass.

All cash do­na­tions re­ceived from now un­til Christ­mas will be used to help pur­chase food ham­pers for needy fam­i­lies in the area. All the gifts and toys col­lected will help bring a lot of smiles to a lot of young girls and boys on Christ­mas morn­ing.

The Sal­va­tion Army band, Har­bour Grace Pri­mary school choir, and girl guides from Salmon Cove, Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace set the mood for the event with their Christ­mas mu­sic and song.

Dar­lene My­ers, sta­tion man­ager with KIXX Coun­try 103.9 FM, said the event has pro­vided thou­sands of toys for needy chil­dren and col­lected thou- sands of dol­lars for needy fam­i­lies over the years.

Look­ing around at the huge crowd, My­ers said, “we couldn’t have done it with­out you.”

Cap­tain Darin Boone of the Sal­va­tion Army, Car­bon­ear told The Com­pass last year the Sal­va­tion Army helped over 300 fam­i­lies and gave over 1,200 toys to chil­dren in this area.

Capt. Boone said they will also be ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for food ham­pers from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

Be­sides the Car­bon­ear area, the Sal­va­tion Army also helps chil­dren and fam­i­lies on the north shore of Con­cep­tion Bay and Lower Trinity South area from Heart’s Con­tent to Old Per­li­can.

Terri Green, pres­i­dent of the mall mer­chants as­so­ci­a­tion, told the crowd the Toy Tree helps col­lect thou­sands of dol­lars worth of toys and cash do­na­tions to help fam­i­lies in the area have a brighter Christ­mas.

“When you’re out shop­ping this hol­i­day sea­son,” Green en­cour­aged shop­pers to, “please re­mem­ber to buy a gift and mark it for a boy or girl, place it un­der the tree and help bring a smile to a lit­tle face this Christ­mas morn­ing.

Re­mind­ing her au­di­ence, “the best gift for Christ­mas is the feel­ing of giv­ing,” Green said, “let’s work to­gether and help bring joy to all fam­i­lies this year.”

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