EATON — This weekend is the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit of giving — helping Santa provide toys and gifts for the Preble County Christmas for Kids program and having fun at the same time.
The Register-Herald’s 15th Annual Kids for Kids Open House and Toy Drive aims to help make the jolly old elf’s job a little easier in tough economic times. This year’s event is scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-noon, in Santa’s Cabin, at Fort St. Clair in Eaton.
Bring a new toy to help Santa out.
Families can enjoy refreshments and children can have their photo taken with Santa. Make sure and bring your letter for Santa, or write one while you are visiting the cabin. Children will also be able to color their entries into the White Christmas Committee’s annual coloring contest, for a chance to win gift cards from area department stores.
All toys collected each year go to the Preble County Christmas for Kids Project, a community collaborative which serves Preble County families during the holiday season.
Over the course of the past 14 years, the Kids for Kids toy drive has collected nearly 12,000 toys for the initiative. Last year, over 500 were donated.
The Kids for Kids event was conceived as a “reverse” holiday tradition, allowing children to practice the art of giving in helping Santa help local families have Christmas toys under the tree each year.
It is also time to get that letter to Santa turned in. Drop off letters, or write letters during the Kids for Kids event, or mail letters to Santa in care of Editor Eddie Mowen Jr., The Register-Herald, 532 N. Barron St., Eaton, OH 45320, or email letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone interested in donating new toys can drop them off at Santa’s Cabin at Ft. St. Clair on Saturday, Dec. 2, during The Register-Herald’s Kids for Kids collection event, or drop off donations Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at The Register-Herald’s office, 532 North Barron St. (Junction Village) in Eaton. For additional information, or to participate in the event, email email@example.com.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.