Farah Durham of Sequim looks for toys for her 4-year-old daughter with help from volunteer Gisele Gala at Toys for Sequim Kids on Dec. 14 in the Sequim Prairie Grange. “It’s a blessing to help others because God has blessed us so abundantly,” Gala said. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Farah Durham of Sequim looks for toys for her 4-year-old daughter with help from volunteer Gisele Gala at Toys for Sequim Kids on Dec. 14 in the Sequim Prairie Grange. “It’s a blessing to help others because God has blessed us so abundantly,” Gala said. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Toys for Sequim Kids helps 400 local children this Christmas

SEQUIM — Toys for Sequim Kids helped hundreds of local children once again this Christmas season.

Organizers with Sequim Community Aid for the 69th annual event said 118 families with 400 children all in the Sequim School District area stopped in for free toys, clothes, bicycles and blankets Dec. 14 at the Sequim Prairie Grange.

Jim Davis, president of Sequim Community Aid, said the event was very successful and that families of babies to eighth-graders seemed very grateful.

This year, 40 volunteers helped at the event with assistance from more than 20 businesses, agencies and churches including Toys for Tots, Clallam County Fire District No. 3, tree donations at Grocery Outlet, Co-op Farm & Garden, Sequim Gym and QFC.

Blue Sky Realty and participating Realtors collected blankets as did Boy Scout troops 90 and 1103.

Sequim Community Aid, a nonprofit, provides year-round help with utility and rent for those in need. Call Sequim Community Aid at 360-681-3731 for assistance.

Monetary donations can be mailed to Sequim Community Aid, P.O. Box 1591, Sequim, WA 98382.

Sheena Touchard of Sequim looks for toys for her four children ages 6-13 with help from volunteers Joel Ogden and Anne Notman at Toys for Sequim Kids on Dec. 14. Organizers said 400 children in Sequim received items from the event. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Sheena Touchard of Sequim looks for toys for her four children ages 6-13 with help from volunteers Joel Ogden and Anne Notman at Toys for Sequim Kids on Dec. 14. Organizers said 400 children in Sequim received items from the event. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

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