Stolen YWCA toys replaced + Garfield toy drive deadline extended

Video posted on Rick’s Toys for Kids’ Facebook page

Folks turned out big time to help the YWCA after some very mean person stole over $6,000 worth of donated toys from their 28th and Cherry building.

Neighbors and organizations pulled through to donate toys to the group, and Rick’s Toys for Kids—which bought the toys originally—dug into their reserves to replace them. That’s a pretty solid move by Rick’s, so help them regain their reserves by donating online.

More details from the Times:

Rick’s Toys for Kids, a nonprofit formed by Seattle Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and former Mariner Dave Henderson, bought all the original toys and will use its reserve funds to replace the items that were stolen, said board secretary Bill King.

But after news of the Grinch-like theft of $6,250 worth of toys was picked up by local media, passers-by began dropping into the center at 2820 E. Cherry St. with armloads of stuffed-animal toys, Barbie dolls, toy cars and puzzles, said Nichelle Hilton, the branch’s community-resource coordinator.

Speaking of toy drives, even though the original Garfield Community Center Toy Drive donation deadline has passed, the center still needs more toys for Friday evening’s Jingle Bell Jam. So drop off some toys by Friday afternoon at the latest to help make the event even better.

That’s not all. Mount Zion is still accepting toys for its 4th Annual Christmas Season Day of Caring, which gets under way at noon Saturday at the 19th and Madison church. Donations can be brought to the church between 9 and 5 p.m. through Friday.

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