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December 3, 2013

Volunteers stay busy during Toy Shop Blitz

DUNCAN — Volunteers for the Toy Shop Blitz this year said time flew by as they helped several families register for toys this Christmas season.

While the event is an opportunity for the community to tour the Toy Shop, it also is the first day of regular registration. When volunteers arrived at 9 a.m. Monday, there was already a line waiting.

“I think we may have more than normal just because the weather is so nice,” said Kathy Snider, Toy Shop co-chair. “Our volunteers have worked really hard to try to get to clients quickly.”

The few residents who dropped in to take a look around the Toy Shop found a boy’s toy room and a girl’s toy room, each filled from floor to ceiling with items any child could dream of.

Toward the back of the building, the smell of oil and sounds of air compressors could be found. About six gentlemen volunteers gather each Monday during this time of year to work on bicycles for the children who pine for them.

“We have about 154 ready right now,” said Bill Cope, one of the bike repairmen. “We enjoy it.”

Cope said the Toy Shop appreciates Walmart donating all the “reject” bikes to the Toy Shop. These bikes may have a pedal missing or some small defect the volunteers can easily fix.

“As long as the frame is good, we keep it,” said Cope. “If the frame is bad, we take off the pedals, seat and chain to save them.”

If you would still like to register your children or drop off toys and/or financial donations, Toy Shop will remain open for these purposes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until Dec. 13. Delivery date for the toys is at 9 a.m. Dec. 16.

Parents and guardians will need to register their own children. Social security numbers of both parents and children must be provided. Families may visit the Toy Shop in person or register over the phone at 580-255-9625.

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