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To provide toys, games, dolls and trikes and bikes for the give-away, Toy Box coordinators -- "Santa's elves " -- depend upon the generosity and Christmas spirit of McCook and area residents to donate gifts for children whose Christmas may otherwise be bleak.
The giveaway is for anyone who wants to make a child's Christmas brighter. There are no income guidelines; elves just ask that "shoppers" do not bring sacks, bags and boxes.
People wishing to donate new and/or gently-loved toys can drop them off at these outside collection points: Alco, McCook Christian Church, Wal-Mart and Dollar General; and these inside collection points: McCook National Bank, AmPride/Baskin Robbins, First Central Bank and Eakes Office Plus. Toys, and especially bikes, trikes, scooters or wagons, can be delivered to the Toy Box workshop at 113 East C.
Monetary donations -- which are used to buy batteries and/or repair parts for bikes and trikes -- can be mailed to or dropped off at the workshop or mailed to the office of Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska at 108 West C, McCook.
Coordinator Barb Ostrum said she and volunteers will begin to sort and arrange toys on tables at the auditorium Monday through Friday, Dec. 10 through Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., each day. Anyone with an hour or more to donate to a good cause is encouraged to stop by and help with the sorting effort.