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APPLAUSE: Toy drive a success

To the Editor,

The board of directors of the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive wish to sincerely thank all of the Nanaimo and area residents and businesses who so generously donated toys, gifts and cash to make this wonderful toy drive h appen.

We would also like to thank the many volunteers who gave so freely of their time, as well as gthe men from the Nanaimo Corrections Centre and the firefighters who brought in the gifts from storage and drop-off locations.

Our volunteers turned the old Harewood gym into a Christmas toyland. The gifts were sorted according to age, zero to 16 years old. Tables were piled high with stuffed animals while toys, gifts, books and games filled the room.

On Dec. 19 and 20 the parents, who had registered their children, were able to choose some special gifts for each of their children.

They were also able to choose used household items from tables placed around the outside of the gym.

This 2012 Christmas season, almost 750 needy families registered for the toy drive in Nanaimo. This no doubt made a happy Christmas morning for close to 1,500 children.

This is the 30th year of the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive and once again we were overwhelmed at the generosity of the people of Nanaimo and area.

Thank you, you’re the best.

Sheila Bonwick

and the board   Great Nanaimo Toy Drive

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