Santa wasn't the only one checking his list twice last week, Toys for Tots volunteers lent him a helping hand at Fred Meyers in Soldotna to top off the Jolly Ol' Elf's sleigh with gifts for good boys and girls of all ages on the Kenai Peninsula. This is the second year that a local Toys for Tots campaign has partnered with the Salvation Army to bring toys to local families in tight times. "The cash donations just about doubled this year at almost $3,000 dollars, and the toy contribution more than doubled this year at nearly 800 new toys dropped of at our business locations. We feel it was an amazingly successful year," reported Res. Sgt. Boyd Jorgensen of Lynden Transport.
Jorgensen was responsible for starting the Toys for Tots campaign on the Peninsula last year and coordinated it again this year. According to Jorgensen, cash contributions for toys were all spent at local shops like Reindeer Pause, Computer Renaissance, Fred Meyers, and Three Bears. "We made sure to spread the love around and the local businesses gave us great deals on everything we bought," he said. "Toys for Tots isn't possible because of any one person or business sponsor, but is truly a community-driven effort, and I salute this community and all our volunteers and donors for a wildly successful campaign this year. They made it so easy and fun to work with everybody and I am looking forward to next year. Thank you everybody!" said Jorgensen.
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