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As in previous years, the line was strong and began early Thursday morning for the first day of early registration for this year’s Toy Shop distribution in Duncan.
Pre-registrations began at 9 a.m. Thursday and will take place again from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Toy Shop location, 111 S. 9th St. At 8 a.m. a line had already formed when volunteers arrived.
“Everyone who gets here during registration will get registered but some like to show up early,” said Kathy Snider, Toy Shop co-chair. “There’s always a big rush on Thursday morning (registration).”
As far as organizers could tell, the number of registrants looked to be about normal and not until after Saturday would they be able to tell if numbers were up or down. As far as the process, volunteers had it down to a fine art.
“There are about 27 volunteers and everyone has a job,” Snider said. “We’ve been doing this since about the mid-90s, so we’re like a well-oiled machine.”
There are various jobs such as greeting those registering, getting them inside, taking their information, visiting with them about their children and their needs, double checking information and doing call backs.
Another aspect that attributed to the smoothness of registration is their building. This is the fifth year that Toy Shop has held its happenings in the building that is lent to them by BancFirst.
“Having the building has made a big difference, it’s fabulous,” said Snider.
“It all used to be done in one room and it took a lot longer.”
Lynn Samples, co-chair, said that the registration taking place in the same location year after year also helps residents know exactly where they are going each time.
After Saturday, Toy Shop will take a break until their Toy Shop Blitz on Nov. 29, which is their community open house.
They will then again open up registration. Packaging of toys will begin Dec. 3 and they will be distributed Dec. 14.