Toy store ready to offer to children at Christmas; early bird registration begins November 10 | Community

The magic of Christmas is near and Duncan’s Toy Shop is in full swing and ready to put a smile on the kids’ faces this season.

Each year, Toy Shop of Duncan raises funds through various activities to provide toys for children in families who might need a little extra help this holiday season.

Kim Davis, executive director, said the toy store will launch its early bird registration next week for families to register their children for Christmas gifts.

Early bird registration will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, and then from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 12 at the Toy Shop Warehouse, located at 931 W. Willow.

Davis, in his fourth Christmas season with Toy Shop of Duncan, said for now that the nonprofit organization’s resources will only allow them to serve Duncan residents and that proof of residency will be required when registration.

“If your child is school-aged and not attending public schools, we will also need home schooling verification,” she said. “We look forward to seeing each of you in hopes of making Duncan’s Christmas kids brighter this season.”

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 its 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.

One of the goals of the toy store is to provide a child with a toy that they may never have the opportunity to receive. This means more Toy Shop events are on the horizon and more donations are needed.

To achieve this goal, this year’s annual toy race will be held on December 4.

Events like the Toy Race help Toy Shop of Duncan bring Christmas comfortably to more than 1,200 Duncan children through 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 toys in good condition for Christmas gifts or the jumble sale, families or businesses for adoptive 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, OK, 73534. For more information, call 580-255-9625 or visit Duncan Toy Shop online at duncantoystore.com.