As the bells of the season sounded on another Christmas, the Peninsula once again heard the call of those in need and stepped up to the plate to ensure a happy holiday for some less fortunate children.

For the fourth year in a row, the Chinook Observer published the Christmas wishes of area children in foster care, 45 in all this year, in hopes that the community would respond with an outpouring of support - which once again, it did!

Serving as the drop-off site, the Observer took in seemingly endless quantities of toys, books, clothes, health and beauty products, blankets, and more than $1,500 in monetary donations, which was spent on items that were not donated, like clothes for the teenage children and highly requested items like CD players and Harry Potter books. For the second year, Toys For Tots volunteers in the Tr-Cities provided hand-crafted wooden toys for some children.

The presents were then given to Children's Services, who wrapped and distributed the gifts to the various children - all of which will have a merry Christmas, thanks to you!

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