Helping worthy cause
Donors shower Toy Tree with gifts and toys for girls and boys
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.”