EATON — ‘Tis the season for giving… the Christmas holiday is almost upon us, and Santa is going to need help in Preble County again this year.
The Register-Herald’s 14th 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 Saturday, Dec. 3, 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 13 years, the Kids for Kids toy drive has collected nearly 11,000 toys for the initiative. Last year, over 700 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.
Watch for more fun announcements over the next several weeks.
Anyone interested in donating new toys can drop them off at Santa’s Cabin at Ft. St. Clair on Saturday, Dec. 3, during The Register-Herald’s Kids for Kids collection event, or drop off donations at The Register-Herald’s office, 532 North Barron St. (Junction Village) in Eaton.
Eddie Mowen Jr. can be reached at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.