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March 6, 2013

Selling taters for Toy Shop

DUNCAN —  

Good food and a good cause had the Duncan community dropping by the annual Toy Shop Spud Luncheon for a plate full of hot potato.
Within the first 30 minutes of the fundraiser, a large majority of those who purchased tickets had already shown up to either dine-in or carry out their meal at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday. This year, 1,250 tickets were sold, which is about 50 more tickets than last year.
“It’s going very well,” said Kathy Snider, Toy Shop co-chair. “We needed more food this year and people came through.”
Chisholm Trail Assisted Living always donates the potatoes and Wilkins Nursing Home donates lettuce. Church Women United, whose group has taken Toy Shop on as a special project, donates condiments and homemade desserts.
Snider said many of the women said they would bring two desserts and ended up bringing about four. Betty Davis, kitchen hostess for the event, made 30 of her special coconut cream pies, which are famous across the community.
Toy Shop had several of their volunteers at the event, some who have volunteered for years, others who are in their first year with the Toy Shop. For Diane Lehman, it was her first event to ever volunteer with the organization. Snider had invited Lehman to volunteer with Toy Shop should she decide to stay.
“She called and asked what she could do to help,” Snider said.
“I don’t work, so volunteering is a way to spend my time doing something I enjoy,” Lehman said. 
“Toy Shop is an incredible organization that serves so many children and it’s joy to work with people who enjoy what they’re doing. Duncan as a whole when it comes to their charities do so much for Duncan and when you see so much good, you want to be a part of it.”

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