Children in need will have a Christmas, thanks to Edmonds United Methodist Toy Shop event

Volunteers help parents and grandparents chose books at the Toy Shop event Saturday in Edmonds.
Shoppers find tables loaded with toys.

From Barbie dolls to bicycles to books, children in need will have gifts under the tree this Christmas, thanks to Saturday’s annual Edmonds Food Bank Toy Shop event at Edmonds United Methodist Church.

According to event coordinator Jenn Hendrix, an estimated 400 families, or about 1,200 children, are being served this year, as evidenced by the long line of people waiting to get into the church Saturday morning.  Those waiting were escorted into the church’s social hall and meeting rooms, where they found long tables stacked with toys and games, plus an area filled with new or refurbished bicycles of various sizes and colors.

Friendly volunteers in Santa hats — an estimated 130 volunteers took part during the day — provided each parent with a shopping cart and guided them through the process of choosing age-appropriate books and toys, then helped recipients load the presents into waiting vehicles.


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