SOS toy shop filling up fast

Generous residents are heeding the call to make Christmas special for kids

Joan Bentley (from left) Edie Hough

Joan Bentley (from left) Edie Hough

Society of Organized Services (SOS) Christmas is for Kids campaign is gearing up for another big year.

The SOS toy shop is stocked with hundreds of toys and gifts for young people, with more than last year’s 800 people expected.

People in need apply to be able to anonymously select presents for their children or grandchildren.

SOS executive director Renate Sutherland said they are specifically looking for gifts appropriate for “tween” boys (age 10-12), teenagers generally and books for older children and teens.

While they will accept a wide variety of gifts, Sutherland said they already have more baby dolls, toy trucks and stuffed animals than they need.

To donate or apply to the program this holiday season stop by the SOS office (kitty-corner from the thrift shop) 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday or call 250-248-2093.