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Bob Layton Editorial: More blessed to give

Santas depot December 2015.
Santas depot December 2015. Julia Wong, Global News

We’re about 30 days from delivering toys for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous.

It’s good to see the collection bins in so many shops as they begin to fill up.

I was speaking at a function for the United Nurses of Alberta this week in support of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous when I met a nurse named Colleen.

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She has special reason to donate toys every year because, for the first 10 years of her life, Christmas was provided for her family by Santas Anonymous.

She told me what a thrill it was every year when the delivery driver would arrive with a big smile and a big bag of toys, some of which she still has, like her backgammon game.

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Always looking for helpful information I asked, in her experience, what toys were appreciated most by the children in her family.  She replied, “You can never go wrong with books and board games.”

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I’ll be watching for Colleen as I help with the dispatching of the toys this year and I won’t be the only one. Somewhere, some children in need will be happy to see her, too.

I’d love to hear your experience as a recipient of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations and a commentator for Global News.