The Duncan Banner
This year’s Toy Shop Fall Rummage Sale was held Oct. 4-5 at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center and proved to be one of the most successful fundraisers they have ever had with a total of about $6,300 raised.
That amount will help about 157 children in December when Toy Shop distributes their gifts.
They help approximately 1,200 children or 475 families during the holidays by providing them toys when they otherwise wouldn’t get any.
One of the aspects that organizers attributed to this year being so successful was the effort of the many volunteers.
Youth groups from Immanuel Baptist Church and First Christian Church moved all the boxes of donations from storage to the fairground building the Sunday evening before the sale, which helped those setting up get right to work on Monday.
“The volunteers worked really hard setting up and making sure everything was displayed,” said Lynn Samples, co-chair for the event. “They really put in some extra hours.”
Additionally, Samples and co-chair Kathy Snider agree that the generosity of the community was another reason for the sale’s success. Not only did residents donate tons of items for the sale, but when it came down to purchasing, they didn’t hold back.
“People were so supportive and nice,” said Snider. “Many of them rounded up their total amount to the next dollar and told us to keep the change.”
Both Thursday and Friday, there were lines waiting for the sale to open at 8 a.m. and the crowd stayed steady throughout both days. Samples estimated that close to 1,000 people total visited the event.
“There was no down time and it stayed busy throughout the sale,” she said.
The fact that a few other events were happening out at the fairgrounds may have been a factor in so many people making it out to the sale. Several shoppers were said to have been out in support of the Toy Shop cause.
Sign-ups for the toy distribution will begin with pre-registrations from 9 a.m. to noon and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 8 and again from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 10 at the Toy Shop location at 111 S. 9th St. They will then close for a while until their Toy Shop Blitz on Nov. 29.
“We invite the community out to see the toys and bring their toy donations and just see Toy Shop,” said Samples. “It’s a kind of open house.”
They will begin packaging the toys Dec. 3 and distribution will begin Dec. 14.