The classes were invited in time-slots of one hour each throughout the day. This price of the children’s gifts was not to exceed $2.
When the children arrived they were greeted with a warming cup of hot chocolate and cookies.
Fran Froehlich, a member of All Saints and a retired Kent Elementary teacher, was involved with Joey Ellis in the planning of the event from the beginning. She spent hours in preparation, and was also in attendance on the day. Other church members assisted in this worth-while cause.
Gerry Chapell from the B.C. Wooden Toy Makers Society has participated each year. Last Christmas Gerry and other Society members donated 40 cars, trucks, wooden puzzles and more to the sale. This year 90 of the toys included in the sale were built by the woodworkers. Each child was given a free wooden toy to take home. Two beautiful trains were raffled off and won by a Kindergarten girl, and Gr.2 boy. Also a huge teddy-bear donated by Sonja Hill, one of our parishioners, was won by a lucky little girl.
The teachers organized the wrapping of presents back at the school, so as not to incur any further expense for their students. It was heart-warming to see so many happy children choosing gifts for the people important in their lives.