By Lance Henderson
Toys for Tots Bellingham/Whatcom County gave toys to more than 150 families on Dec. 4, the day of its ribbon cutting.
Members of the city of Bellingham, the Bellingham Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry were on hand to show their support.
“I would like to thank the many volunteers and donors to this year’s Toys for Tots program. During this time of economic hardship, I encourage those who are able to donate and help bring joy to a child during this season of hope,” said Mayor Dan Pike.
Vince McLeod, co-coordinator for Toys for Tots, said after a blessing of the toys from Pastor Felix Anderson from Christ the King Church and Father Scott Connelly from Church of the Assumption, Ken Oplinger, president of the Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon.
McLeod also said handing out toys this year is much easier thanks to the Toy Track system, which tracks families who have already received toys through various organizations so that no one gets more than their share.
“This allows us to help even more families,” McLeod said.
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