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Love and Warmth From Santa

Ocean Ensley, 11, accepts his Christmas gift from Santa and Mrs. Claus Thursday evening in the Paul Sweitzer Reading Room at the Flagstaff Family Food Center. The U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program donated enough toys to provide toys for 400 children. Each child received a large toy, a smaller toy, a new book, a goodie sack, and a new hat and gloves.

As you’ve probably noticed, those familiar Toys for Tots collection boxes and donation jars have been popping up all over town. For the 2018 holiday season, this all-volunteer organization expects to distribute toys to over 10,000 deserving local boys and girls. Many of these toys will be collected in local drop boxes, so every donation of a new, unwrapped toy is greatly appreciated. But few people realize that almost 90% of all toys distributed in Northern Arizona are actually purchased rather than donated. That’s why cash donations are so important, as well. And 98% of all cash donations go directly to purchasing toys for kids.

Please visit local businesses and organizations that are supporting Toys for Tots by hosting a toy collection box or donation jar.

Toy collection boxes are being hosted by the following: All 6 Flagstaff Fire Stations, Academy Mortgage, AZ Central Credit Union, Armour Self Storage, Aspen Leaf Apts., Aspey Watkins & Diesel, Avail Tattoo Studio, Avenues of the World Travel, Azteca Hair Designs, Bath, Bed & Beyond, Big Lots, Cal Ranch, Caldwell Banker Dallas Real Estate, Canyon Springs Apts., Carpets of Dalton, Childtime Learning Center, Coconino County Board of Supervisors & Depts., Coconino County Courthouse, Coconino Federal Credit Union (both),College America, Compass Bank, Continental Country Club, Country Club Vista, Crest Insurance, Dollar General (Kachina), Elevation Apts., Empire Beauty School, Findlay Toyota/Honda/VW, Flagstaff Athletic Club (both), Flagstaff City Hall, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff Light Show (Abineau Canyon), Flagstaff Modern Dentistry, Flagstaff Nissan Subaru, Flagstaff Public Library (main), Forest Highlands, FUSD Administration, Greenlaw Wash & Kut, Jim Babbitt Ford, Knoles Elementary, Lowell Observatory, Mangum Wall Stoops & Warden, McLaughlin Orthodontics, Melissa Collins Cripps State Farm Insurance, Mercedes-Benz of Flagstaff, Merry Maids, Montessori School of Flagstaff, Mount Elden Middle School, National Bank of AZ (both), NAU (Central ITS Bldg., Bldg. 33, Student Services Bldg., & Veteran Success Center), Niles Radio, N. AZ Assoc. of Realtors, N. AZ Building Association, Northern Pines Restaurant, Odegaard’s Sewing Center, OneAZ Credit Union (both), Orthodontics Inc., Pine Canyon, Pioneer Title (all), Realty Executives, Realty One, Red Lobster, Rent-A-Center (Cedar), Richard Sanchez State Farm Insurance, Sinagua Middle School, Starbucks (Milton), Summit Fire Department, Summit Health & Fitness, Sunwest Bank (Birch), Taverna Greek Grill, TCI Wealth Advisors, The Horsemen Lodge Steakhouse, The Lodge Apts., The Peaks, Theatrikos, Timberline Firearms, Timberline Place, Titan Propane, True North Dentistry, University West Apts., Village at Aspen Place, Walgreens (both), Walmart Supercenter, Whisk & Whiskey and Wyndham Flagstaff Resort.

Donation jars are now in place at: Butler Chevron, Butler Easy Mart, Butler Mobil, Conoco Travel Center, Country Host Restaurant, Denny’s (Milton), Downtown Diner, Five Points VP Racing, Forest Meadows Chevron, Fort Valley Chevron, Fort Valley Shell, Galaxy Diner, Hops on Birch, Lake Mary Chevron, Little America - North Pole Experience, Little America Travel Center, Mike & Ronda’s “The Place” (both), Mobil Country Club, Mystic Mobil, Old Rt. 66 Chevron, Silver Saddle Center, Sunnyside Chevron, Timberline Chevron, Twin Pines Gasser, Woodlands One Stop, and Y Chevron.

For those who wish to make a monetary donation or volunteer to sort, pack or deliver toys, please call Toys for Tots Area Coordinator, Gary Smith, at 928-637-5810. Or visit www.flagstaff-az.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx.

Your support can make a huge difference in the life of a child this Christmas!

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