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Toys for Tots returns to Springhill

Members of the Springhill Lions Club are set to launch another year of Toys for Tots that will run until Dec. 4 out of the Parkview Professional Centre at 6 McFarlane St. in Springhill. Supporters of the program include: (front, from left) Jeanie Maie Smith, Karen Morris, Lillian Rushton, King Lion Wendy Nelson, (back, from left) Luke Ward and Drew Fraser.
Members of the Springhill Lions Club are set to launch another year of Toys for Tots that will run until Dec. 4 out of the Parkview Professional Centre at 6 McFarlane St. in Springhill.

Program aims to provide gifts for children at Christmas

SPRINGHILL – Ensuring every child has a gift under the tree Christmas morning may seem like a daunting task, but its a challenge supporters of Springhills Toys for Tots campaign are more than equal to.

Organized again this year by the Springhill Lions Club, Toys for Tots is kicking off this week and continuing through Dec. 4 with the pickup date set for Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We want to make sure every child in Springhill wakes up Christmas morning with something under the tree for them. The last thing anyone wants to see is for a child to go without a present on Christmas, Lion Karen Morris said.

The Springhill Lions Club took over responsibility for the program several years ago when the communitys Rotary club disbanded. It has generally operated the program out of someones home, but thanks to Dr. Randy and Sandy Ryan the group has a home in the Parkview Professional Centre at 6 McFarlane St. (behind Foodland).

The group has a sandwich board that it will place outside the door to let people know if someone is in the office. People can come in and fill out an application and meet in private with a Toys for Tots representative.

Applicants will need to bring some proof of income, whether it be a paystub or income assistance receipt. The program is for children up to age 15.

Funding from the program comes from CTVs Christmas Daddies with Springhills share being sent to the organization via the Salvation Army. Money for this years gift purchases will come from last years Christmas Daddies, but the amount of support it receives from the community through individual and group donations makes a huge difference.

We are very fortunate to live in a very giving community, especially at Christmas, King Lion Wendy Nelson said. None of this would be possible without the communitys help.

The program accepts donations of toys at the centre, the Salvation Army Church (not the thrift store), All Saints Anglican Church, the two pharmacies. It will accept financial contributions at the centre when someone is there or by mail at PO Box 849, Springhill, N.S. B0M 1X0.

Toy donations must be new, the program doesnt accept used toys.

Morris said the program is missing the Bargain Shop that closed its doors earlier in 2017. She said the business had a wide selection of toys that it got a good deal on while staff there would often hold special events to collect for Toys for Tots. Shes hoping the organization can develop a similar relationship with the Great Canadian Dollar Store that took the Bargain Shops place on Main Street.

Last year the program provided gifts for 119 children in 64 families. Morris said the number has been stable for several years, but said the number of families it helps is slowly increasing.

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