Following in the footsteps of an enormously successful one-day event in 2017, the Angel Tree program and Golden West Broadcasting have teamed up to do it all over again...times two.
This year, the window for generous residents of the southeast to donate toys has been doubled. On both December 11th and 12th, people can pick an item to help fill a hamper that could make a child's Christmas a little brighter, and drop it off at one of three locations as a part of the 2nd annual 'Gift of Toys' toy drive.
"When a family applies for a hamper, and they have children...we have a toy store, and they are able to come and shop for their kids for free. We've found that it's better to have the parents come and pick out stuff, because they know what they're kids like, instead of us picking out the presents," explains Char Seeman with the Angel Tree.
As of last count, Seeman says that they need 265 hampers, noting that more will likely come in within the next week. Nearly 400 kids will need toys this season.
"We're looking for the 10 to 16 year old mark, that's the presents and gifts that we're short on. And, actually, a few tiny baby things. We don't have a lot of those, and my on last count we had 15 newborns babies between brand new and eight months old."
Nick Yakimchuk, the Estevan Station Manager for Golden West Broadcasting expresses that the efforts of everyone in the Toy Drive is all for community.
"Here in Estevan, this is probably the biggest toy drive that our company in general has put together, so we're really excited about that. Over 66 interviews over two days with everyone from the Mayor, to sports organizations, and we're really excited to have everyone involved and drop off all these toys."
He adds that Power Dodge, Murray GM and Your Toy Store and More will have on-air staff from the radio station on location for 12 hours straight, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday.