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By Andi Bourne

Toy Sale one for the record books


December 16, 2021

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Volunteer Victoria Elliott ensuring everything is set up for the Toy Sale.

SEELEY LAKE – Tuesday, Dec. 7 the activity room at Mission Bible Fellowship was packed with toys as the line grew out the front of the church before the annual Loving Hearts Toy Sale. One volunteer said this year's sale offered "more toys than Walmart."

With nearly 20 tables full of toys and gifts priced below $5, the season of gift giving was a little more affordable for many local families. Loving Hearts also made more than $900, nearly triple what they have made the past several years. All the proceeds from the sale go to Loving Heart's benevolence fund to help those in need in the community.

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Fourteen of the nearly 20 Loving Hearts volunteers pose for a photo before the annual Toy Sale. Loving Hearts Thrift Store is staffed completely by volunteers and all money raised, minus expenses, is returned to the community to support scholarships and those in need.

The Toy Sale is an opportunity for the community to purchase Christmas gifts at a significantly lower price than retail. Volunteers pick some of the best items that were donated throughout the year. Loving Hearts Manager Mary Newpower also shops sales and requests donations of new items. The inventory is stored in her hanger until the Toy Sale.

Volunteers spent several hours Monday and Tuesday setting up for the sale. This year they had so many more items that they chose to use the long tables so they could put more out.

The next day, remaining items were offered to the Seeley Lake Lion's Club, Seeley Lake Elementary for their student Christmas Store and to the Seeley Lake Stockings event.

Loving Hearts Volunteer Pat Winkler thanked the community for all their support for the Toy Sale and for the thrift store throughout the year. They are grateful to be able to offer this to the community.


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