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Toys piled high at Christmas wish breakfast in Williams Lake

The fundraiser helps provide new toys for families in need.

Boston Pizza’s booths and tables were full of donated toys for the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre’s (CDC) Christmas Wish Breakfast that took place on Dec. 13.

The fundraiser raises money for those in need, and on Dec. 14, the CDC will host its shopping day for outside agents to come and get gifts for families they’re connected with, said Tammy Deausy, CDC operations manager. This includes Indigenous partners, ministry partners, the school district and churches.

“Any organization that helps support families in need,” said Deausy.

The breakfast was from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with the radio station in attendance as well. Those who came to the event donated new toys or money and were then treated to breakfast.

Aaron and Jan Toews came to the breakfast after their friend, Mary Billy, invited them. It was their first time attending. The couple said it was a really good breakfast and occasion and a great way to meet people.

“It pulls people together from the town who may not get together for a while,” said Jan.

The Toews’ grandchildren live in Australia, and sending Christmas presents there costs a day of wages, they said. One box they shipped in October still hasn’t arrived. They were happy to donate toys to the CDC’s fundraiser.

This is the 18th year the CDC has had this breakfast, the fifth year at Boston Pizza, said Vanessa Riplinger, CDC executive director.

Around 9:30 a.m., Sargeant Josh Smith, the CDC and others started loading RCMP vehicles with the toys to be taken to the CDC, where they’ll be sorted into age and gender categories, said Deausy.

“We’re really lucky to have partners like Boston Pizza,” said Deausy, who also thanked the radio station for their help.

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