Duncan’s toy store will be operating at full capacity by Christmas in a bid to make the winter holiday season special for local children. The team will continue this cause at the annual fall rummage sale this weekend.
Duncan’s Toy Store will hold the fall sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, according to Kim Davis, executive director of the nonprofit providing Christmas presents. families in need with children. Set-up will take place at the warehouse which currently occupies space at 931 W. Willow.
“We are so thrilled to be home and look forward to more sales in the future,” Davis said.
Duncan’s Toy Store was established in 1947 by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). In 1966, Church Women United took ownership of the project as it aligned with their mission to serve the local community and had outgrown the AAUW. The Toy Shop has been bringing Christmas to children and families in Duncan for nearly 75 years.
Thanks to several recent grants and donations, The Toy Shop has made huge strides toward the goal of giving gifts to the less fortunate for this year’s season, Davis said.
Still, the rummage sale is one of the most important sales of the year when it comes to raising funds for the cause.
“We had to buy our warehouse, renovate it to bring it up to City of Duncan code, and now we’ll have overhead that we didn’t have before,” Davis said.
Davis said they are looking forward to their fall sale to kick off their busy season.
“We look forward to making this Christmas season a brilliant one for Duncan’s kids this year,” Davis said.
Duncan’s Toy Store‘s annual Toy Race in December will begin registration Nov. 12-13. Each year, Toy Shop of Duncan is known to comfortably bring Christmas to over 1,200 children in Duncan thanks to an all-volunteer staff, totaling nearly 150 people, plus a committee overseeing the program and donations.
As in the past, the Toy Shop accepts donations of used toys for Christmas presents or the jumble sale, families or companies to adopt families, and of course monetary donations and new toys. The group of volunteers also shop for gifts wherever they can find the best deal on the hottest toys.
Donations can be mailed to Duncan’s Toy Shop at PO Box 206 Duncan, Oklahoma, 73534. For more information, call 580-255-9625 or visit Duncan Toy Shop online at toyshopduncan.com.