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 at the store in December with this annual program. Gift certificates and toys can be purchased by family members at a discount of around 75 percent. This means that $15 can buy $60 worth gifts. Proceeds will go towards The Bridge Community Hope Center emergency fund, 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.
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. For $20-50, you can buy toys such as Legos and other science and building toys, as well craft and science toys and musical toys, Legos and books, sleeping bags, sleeping bag, tents, and books. Toys should not be purchased for children under the age of 2. They should not be gift wrapped or at regular retail prices.
For middle- and high school students, gift cards with a $25 value can be purchased. Event organizers recommend gift certificates from Michaels, Best Buy and Michaels. CAP doesn’t need Old Navy or American Eagle gift cards as there are still many left over from the 2021 store.
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 can be dropped off at various locations around Semiahmoo and Blaine. There are many churches that will also accept toys. Donations can be made until Friday, December 2. Below is a list with 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
Families that qualify must reside within the Blaine school district boundaries, and meet the income requirements for free lunch or reduced lunch. They cannot receive 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 can shop from Thursday, December 8 through Saturday, December 10, with the option to add dates. Register online by Sunday, November 27 or by calling 530/828-5195. Preregistration is required.
CAP is a non profit that assists Point Roberts, Blaine and Birch Bay residents with the distribution of Thanksgiving baskets and winter coat drives.
Register to shop in 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.