Keremeos Subway and CanCo will play host to a holiday toy drive for the second year in a row on Dec. 3. (Submitted)

Toy drive returns to Keremeos on Dec. 3

The first drive in 2021 raised over $5,000 worth of toys for 55 local families

It will be a Winter Wonderland in Keremeos this year, and hopefully a happy one for many families.

For the second year, the Subway and CanCo will be gathering donations for the holiday season, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Dec. 3. The first year had the theme of The Grinch and was a massive success.

“It was a fantastic response, I think we raised over $5,000 worth of toys,” said Jasmine Anderson.

This year, the focus is on families and making sure everyone in the family has something to enjoy.

“We’re of course accepting toys for the kids, and also stuff for the parents like board games, clothes and things like that,” said Anderson. “I’m a single parent, and when I’m Christmas shopping, I don’t think of myself, so this year we’re trying to really promote that it’s for the whole family.”

Other items, such as gift cards for a trip out to the movies, are also welcome.

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The first toy drive also gathered donations for seniors and others in need of things like clothes. In total, 55 families or individuals were helped.

“We were planning to support maybe 17 or so,” said Anderson. “We had so many clothes and scarves and things and the community centre laid it all out for the elderly in need.”

In addition to the donation drive, the Subway, which Jasmine manages, and the CanCo managed by her mother Tracy, will also be serving up food throughout the day as well. The first year featured a homemade chili, and for 2022 it will be turkey soup.

The local RCMP will be joining in the festivities, as will the Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department, alongside local businesses that have donated items like cookies and other things.

Graduates of the Similkameen Elementary Secondary School will be coming by to help, and the plan is also to raise donations for this year’s grad celebrations.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making appearances throughout the day, and Anderson said that she hopes to have a sleigh and maybe even a horse around as well.

This year, on top of the hand-made decorations inside the store, Jasmine and her mother are also working to make sure the entire outside is lit up.

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