February 4, 2023

Grace McCarthy

Community Assistance Program (CAP) volunteers are busy gearing up for this year’s holiday toy store. 

Blaine’s nonprofit started accepting gift donations on November 1st and opened registrations to its Community Toy Store. Blaine, Birch Bay and other low-income families can buy toys for their children in December through the annual program. Toys and gift certificates can be purchased for as low as 75 percent by family members. $15 will buy $60 worth gift certificates. Proceeds will be donated to The Bridge Community Hope Center emergency funds and Valley Church Essentials and Loads of Love. 

“I love the way it has a ripple impact in the community by supporting different organizations, getting parents involved and letting them support the community with their shopping dollars,” said CAP volunteer Laura Vogee. “It supports so many people in different sectors of the community.”

Vogee stated the store will remain the same as last Christmas, with the addition of free Christmas ornament making kits as stocking stuffers.

Donations

People can also donate gifts online via Amazon wish lists or the Launching Successful Learning Store in Bellingham. More information is available on CAP’s website. You can purchase toys such as Legos, other building and science toys as well as craft and music toys, Legos, musical toys, books and sleeping bags for as low as $20-50. Toys should be bought for children between 2 and 12 years old. They should not come gift wrapped, or be sold at regular retail prices. 

For middle- and high school students, gift cards with a $25 value can be purchased. Event organizers recommend gift vouchers from Michaels. CAP doesn’t need Old Navy or American Eagle gift cards as there are still many left over from the 2021 store. 

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Cash donations can also be made on CAP’s website or by a mailed check. Make checks payable Community Assistance Program “Community Toy Store”Send your message to Blaine at 508 G Street, including the memo line. 

Toys may also be dropped off at various locations in Blaine or Semiahmoo. Many churches will also accept toys. Donations can be made until Friday, December 2. Below is a listing of locations that accept donations.

• Blaine Library – toys and gift cards

• Blaine Senior Center – toys and gift cards

• Pacific Building Center – toys only

• Windermere Realty, Birch Bay Square – toys and gift cards

• The Bridge Community Hope Center in Birch Bay – toys and gift cards

• Birch Bay Village Rec Center – toys and gift cards

• Semiahmoo Golf Club – toys and gift cards

• Semiahmoo Marina Cafe – toys and gift cards

• Inn at Semiahmoo – toys and gift cards

• Semiahmoo Athletic Club – toys and gift cards

Registrations

Families who are eligible must live within Blaine school districts and meet the income requirements to receive free or reduced lunch. They must not be eligible for holiday gift assistance. Families who reside within Blaine’s school district and have children who are home-schooled/pre-schooled may register for the toys store, as long as they meet the income requirements. 

Valley Church, 1733 H Street is the place to find toys in a retail setting. Unit 260 can be found in the Cost Cutter plaza. Parents will be able shop at the designated times between Thursday, Dec 8, and Saturday, Dec 10, with the option of adding dates. Register online or by phone at (530/828-5195) until Sunday, November 27. Preregistration is required.

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CAP is a nonprofit that helps Point Roberts, Blaine Birch Bay, and Custer residents by providing crisis assistance, winter coat drives, and Thanksgiving basket distribution.

Register to shop at the 2022 CAP Community Toy Store. blainecap.orgCall 530/828-5195. More information is available on the CAP website for those registering and donating to this year’s store.

Source: CAP hosts the annual holiday toy sale

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