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Labrador West Toys for Joys in full swing

Some of the toys gathered so far for the Labrador West Toys for Joys initiative.
Some of the toys gathered so far for the Labrador West Toys for Joys initiative. - Gary Shaw

LABRADOR WEST, N.L.

With the Christmas season creeping up, many efforts are in place to help ensure that no one is left out. The reality is that there are some folks who need a helping hand in bringing a positive Christmas experience into their homes.

There is little doubt that the people of Labrador West are always there to answer the call for whatever may be necessary to assist anyone in the community in need of a helping hand.

For the past 25 years Toys for Joys has been one of the most treasured events that have delivered to those of the community at the grassroots level during the Christmas season that need it the most.

The 2018 committee is a group of folks who are committed to this great cause. They have volunteered their time and efforts unconditionally with the assistance and generosity of a far greater circle from the community.

The committee consists of Pam Waterman, Jessie Tobin, Peggy Mitchell, Todd Kent, Rick Delaney, Kirk Waterman, Joe Power, Bridget Baker, Darryl Hancock, Nick Rumbolt, Corey Waterman and Stan Regular.

Their goal, with the support of the greater circle of volunteers, is to help in assuring that funds are raised and gifts collected for children from the community whose families could use a bit of extra help in getting through the Christmas season.

The Ministerial Association in Labrador West identifies the folks who need this assistance, the children, their gender and their age with no names attached. With this information the committee, with the help of the fire department, the RNC and the volunteer team, distribute the gifts.

The Toys for Joys kick-off event was held in late November at the Labrador City Legion with a full house in attendance. Monetary contributions, new unwrapped toys, gift certificates and volunteer time committed were all part of the evening’s support. Music was provided as a donation to the night from Cold Patch, Side Project, Rebel, The Boys, Danny Carroll and Wayne Bursey with the technical sound expertise of Chis Ball.

Since the kick off, the contributions continue to come in and folks continue to volunteer their time and efforts to this great cause.

All of these folks and their efforts have also been supported in a very big way by the Labrador West business community.  

The energy and commitment to this great gift to the community from the organizing committee is nothing short of contagious in attracting support and efforts from so many other volunteers.

This is once again, a representation of the community to help others. These are all ordinary folks from our community who are delivering extraordinary efforts that define who we are and what efforts are provided to help in assuring the wellness of our community.

Thanks go out to everyone who has their fingerprints on Santa’s sleigh for our community. An incredible effort for a great cause.

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