A growing need for toys

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December 10, 2015 11:28 AM

Submitted photo Arne and Sandy Baron, left, from the Calendar Club at LloydMall presented 170 teddy bears to Kaleigh Abraham and Heather Klages from Lloyd FM for the station's Gift of Christmas campaign.

A Christmas toy for every child in Lloydminster.
That’s the goal of the annual Lloyd FM Gift of Christmas campaign that has been feeling the pinch of the Grinch in the economy this year.
The number of people on the receiving list for toys in the Lloydminster area is up 40 per cent over last year, but donations are down said event lead Kurt Price, program director at Newcap Radio.
“I think definitely it’s the economy, but our need is up and we can attribute that to the economy too,” said Price, who noted last’s year need was up 30 per cent. Price issued an all-points email bulletin for toy donations last week that’s already helping to increase awareness with the toy collection deadline this coming Monday.
“This morning I was at K & L Electric picking up toys. They made a really nice donation too. We are starting to get more and more coming in,” said Price earlier this week. “It’s a sign of the times, but we know people will give what they can. It is starting to pick up so we’re going to be okay.”
The Lloydminster Realtors Association of Lloydminster and District answered the call this week by collecting enough toys to fill two vehicles from seven real estate offices.
This is the 35 annual Gift of Christmas which Price says is older that all three of their radio announcers.
“Each year we’ve wrapped the gifts and the staff has also delivered them so we’re pretty proud of the tradition,” said Price in his email broadcast.
The toys are delivered by Santa to kids on the Salvation Army’s list sent to the North Pole earlier in the year.
“We collect gifts for boys and girls from newborns all the way up to 12 years of age,” said Price, who noted Lloydminster always delivers. “In 35 years we’ve never had anybody that hasn’t got toys that needed them.”
This year’s toy collection got off to an okay start thanks to donations from the Bordertown Hogs in September.
The Calendar Club kiosk at the LloydMall mall also made an early donation of 170 teddy bears.
The Lloydminster Bobcats hockey upped the ante with what Price described as probably the best teddy bear toss the team has ever had.
“We’ve always done good with the teddy bear toss, but this year was an exceptional year,” said Price. “I think the word got out that we were in need.”  Toys can be dropped off at Newcap Radio and different bin locations in the city including Walmart, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn and Suites, Country Quilts, Stone Worx Plus and Violet Eyes Optometry.

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