Toys for Tots launches here

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Applications are now available for the Toys for Tots program.

They are available at the St. Maries City Police Department, St. Maries City Hall or the Department of Motor Vehicle Office. Applications will need to be returned by noon Dec. 12.

This is the seventh consecutive year Renee Duke will coordinate the local effort for Toys for Tots. The St. Maries City Police Department sponsors the local effort in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve.

Celia Sibert and Renee Duke are gearing up the annual Toys for Tots effort. Applications are now available at the St. Maries Police Department, St. Maries City Hall and the Department for Motor Vehicle Services.

Celia Sibert and Renee Duke are gearing up the annual Toys for Tots effort. Applications are now available at the St. Maries Police Department, St. Maries City Hall and the Department for Motor Vehicle Services.

“We provide gifts for children in Benewah County who are 12 years and younger,” Ms. Duke said. “We provided gifts to 140 children last year.”

Ms. Duke said the goal of the effort is to provide children with a new toy for Christmas. Staci Schiermeister added, “everyone comes together to help out.”

Those who want to donate a toy may do so by dropping items in a donation box at one of the following businesses: Jack’s Pharmacy, Harvest Foods, Country Fair, Tri Peaks, AmericanWest Bank, Suntan Etc., The Paperhouse, St. Maries City Hall and Hughes Ace Hardware.

“Toys should be new and they should not be gift wrapped,” Ms. Duke said.

Ms. Duke receives help from Lt. Robert Loe, Chief Margaret Lehmbecker, Petey Slegel, Celia Sibert, Kriss Gibson, Staci Schiermeister, Sandi Auer, Boy Scout Troop 442 and leader Tom Jarvi. City police officers and county deputies help out by delivering toys to those who cannot pick them up.

Coordinating the effort has been worth it, Ms. Duke said, because it is supported by the community each year.

“I can’t thank everyone enough. I just appreciate them so much,” she added.

For more information on Toys for Tots call 245-2577 or 245-5102.

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