Feature Story Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Chilliwack's Own Toy Story
Re/Max elves donate cash and toys to Chilliwack Community Services
Re/Max Nyda Realty Toy Drive organizers Wayne Massey and Kim Cox were beaming over the turnout this year.
n a Norman Rockwell moment, a youngster walks up in wide-eyed wonderment to the mountain of toys while proud parents snap photos of their child adding a big colourful box.
This is a toy drive with a huge history in Chilliwack. For almost two decades, Re/Max Nyda realtors have held it for needy families in the community. And everyone in town knows that when drive day finally rolls around, the holiday season is officially here.
Organizers Wayne Massey and Kim Cox took a moment Saturday to speak with The Voice about the 19th Annual Re/Max Toy Drive held at the Travelodge on Yale Rd. West.
“For a lot of people, this is the kick-off for Christmas,” says Massey. “They come here and it's like 'wow, now Christmas is starting.’”
Dozens of Re/Max elves, friends and family donate the toys and put on a wonderful spread of food and beverages. They also bring in a Santa and photographer.
“We’ve been doing this for 19-years,” says Massey. “The idea is to get as many toys as possible for the less fortunate kids.”
Behind him on the wall is an oversized cheque in the amount of $2000. The money, together with the toys, is given to Chilliwack Community Services (CCS). The cheque amounts vary from year-to-year, but are always a sizeable donation.
“This combined with the Salvation Army food hampers and baskets, we're giving Christmas to over 700 families in town this year and that's pretty awesome.”
Cox thinks that sorting through the amazing pile of toys would be the most fun of all.
"I would like to do that," she says laughing.
According to Massey, CCS's Director of Community Relations Heather Rollins and her staff go through the toys and distribute them according to the letters and applications they have from needy families.
He says Re/Max realtors love doing this.
“I think when you do something for the community and give back to other people, that kind of gives you a little special joy,” he said.
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