Woman steps up to coordinate toy drive for Edmonds Food Bank families

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Thanks to Jenn Hendrix, left, shown here with daughter, Sloane, an Edmonds church will be able to have its Toy Shop again this year. (Photo by COURTNEY BLETHEN RIFFKIN / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Today from 9 am.-6 p.m. you can donate toys at Top Foods in Edmonds for The Toy Shop, an offshoot of the Edmonds Food Bank.  Read this heartwarming story here by Nicole Brodeur, columnist for My Edmonds News online partner The Seattle Times, about a local woman who volunteered to coordinate the program through the Edmonds United Methodist Church.

According to the story, Jenn Hendrix has fallen on hard times herself, with two small children and an unemployed husband, but didn’t hesitate to raise her hand to oversee the Toy Shop, which provides a new book, a stuffed animal and a new toy to children of families who patronize the food bank. Children must be registered in advance by their parents, who will select the toys on Saturday. (According to The Seattle Times column, as of Wednesday, 936 kids were registered for toys, and there were 150 names on the waiting list.)

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  1. I stopped by the Toy drive today and left some stuffed animals. I have to give great credit to Jenn and perennial Edmonds do-gooder, Al Rutledge. The both braved very cold weather for nine hours today to make the Holidays a little brighter for local youth.

    Thanks for your kind hearts.

  2. Also, thanks to the Edmonds DayBreaker Rotarians, led by Volunteer Chairman, Darryl Ulskey and assistant AnnMarie Ulskey who helped purchase and organize the toys donated by the Rotary again this year. In addition, thank you to Lynnwood’s Toy R Us who helped Darryl & AnnMarie with purchasing the toys at a discount with the funds donated by Edmonds Rotary.

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