Toys for Tots brought joy to hundreds of kids in the Page area as volunteers handed out 1,452 toys at First Baptist Church of Page last week.
Debbie Winlock, who has served as the Toys for Tots Page coordinator for 12 years, said that hundreds more toys were donated this year than previous years, thanks to an increase in community involvement.
“Last year was the first year with toy drop-offs at the Page Lake Powell Chamber, Lake Powell Furniture and Page Police Department, and this year contributions to those places doubled,” she said, adding that although the official deadline was Dec. 20, they kept taking names and contributions right up to Christmas Day.
Winlock thanked Page Lake Powell Chamber, Lake Powell Furniture, Americans Motorcycle Club, Page Police Department, Toys for Tots Flagstaff, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, First Baptist Church of Page and the City of Page for making the toy distribution a success.
Winlock also shared a text she received from one of the parents who picked up toys for her kids last week: “My kids woke up to toys on Christmas Day, thank you so much for your help. It would not have been a good Christmas without your help.”