Children find holiday joy through toys

Jacob Thomas, 6, examines a toy at the inaugural toy giveaway at the Copperas Cove Boys & Girls Club.


COPPERAS COVE — The holiday season has a more joyous ring for nearly 100 children who attended the inaugural toy giveaway Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Copperas Cove.

Club Director Bobby Krei said a large donation of toys given by the Toy Industry Foundation helped make the giveaway possible.

“We applied to receive the toys and (the application) was approved,” Krei said. “We had 2½ tons of toys donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas and all 25 of our clubs are giving away toys.”

The Toy Industry Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides toys and financial contributions to children’s charities across the country.

It maintains a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs to donate thousands of toys to military families through its Play Comfort program.

The toys left over from the Cove event will be given away during Christmas parties held by the club’s three after-school programs.

During Saturday’s giveaway, there were large assortments of toys from which to choose, and hot chocolate and cookies to sample.

The event was open to the public, and every child was given a ticket to exchange for a toy.

Club member Ari Holt, 6, turned in her ticket for something special she had her eye on.

“I like it because it has Clifford,” said Ari, who picked a Clifford, the Big Red Dog board game.

Jacob Thomas, 6, said he thought being able to pick out a toy was “good.” He also said he picked his Ninjago Lego card game “because (he) liked it.”

Faith Colwell heard about the event after picking up her daughter, Ari, from the Boys & Girls Club after-school program.

“I think it’s a great opportunity. Because you know with the holidays, how with some people money is tight,” Colwell said.

Everyone could use a little extra helpduring the holidays, and this helps, she said.

“I think it’s great what they’re doing for the community,” she said.

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