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December 17, 2013

Toy Shop makes deliveries to more than 1,000 children

DUNCAN — It was all hustle and bustle at the Duncan Toy Shop during one of the most exciting days for the organization — delivery day.

By the time Toy Shop volunteers get to delivery day, which was Monday, toys have been packed in boxes and the boxes organized into zones. There were a total of 491 families and 1,143 children being delivered to this year.

“That’s actually a little down from what we had last year,” said Lynn Samples, Toy Shop co-chair. “But we’re still getting calls.”

Just an hour into the day, two zones were already cleared of boxes. Though there were still several to go, the smoothness is a testament to the efficiency of volunteers and the willingness of drivers.

“It’s going really well,” Samples said. “We have a lot of new people helping this year.”

Drivers by the dozen signed the sheet saying they would deliver boxes to various locations. Monday’s weather was perfect for a delivery day but Samples said drivers will show up no matter what is going on outside.

“We’ve helped (Toy Shop) the last two years but this is our first time to deliver,” said Trent Gibbs, with a local 4-H group. “We’re excited.”

One group helping out during the event was particularly enthusiastic about helping drivers get their packages out to their vehicles. For one of the first times in a while, Stephens County Jail inmates were on site to help however they could.

“We just started getting back out like this,” said O.J. Luce, Stephens County detention officer. “They enjoy getting to go out and they get excited to help with things like this.”

Toy Shop closes at noon today for the season, however, they will continue taking toys throughout the off-season. Receiving toys now helps replenish their stock so next year won’t be a struggle.

“It helps us get ready for next year,” Samples said.

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