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Give a gift of happiness

Christmas should be a time of joy and happiness. Once again the people at the First Baptist Church at 726 West Francis of Aspen from Nov. 1 until Dec. 18 are collecting NEW, unwrapped togs.

Toys like Slinkies, large or small; basketballs; Sesame Street dolls; stuffed toys; dolls with extra clothes for all ages; Barbie dolls; watches; baseball and football trading cards; dress-up play sets; complete craft sets; jenja; paper dolls; bowling games; regulation soccer balls and basketballs; jump ropes; pick-up sticks; My Little Pony horses; farm and ranch sets; and Tonka cars and trucks.

All toys or games should be nonviolent in nature. If you have a favorite game or toy that is not on the list, buy one of them as long it doesn’t cost over $25.

These toys bring some extra happiness into the homes of children of low-income, hard-working people who cannot afford to buy a present. It doesn’t have to be something big and expensive either.

But as they play together, they learn how to get along with each other, and the need to join a gang is reduced. Also these toys show that people in other parts of the world care about them and they are not forgotten.

It is very, very sad for anyone, but especially the young, to not even have one present to open on Christmas morning. They also learn many other skills that will help them become functioning members of society. You can give a smile of happiness.

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Every child should have at least one new present, game or toy to open on Christmas. Thank you for your interest and your caring help.

If you would like to help, NEW, unwrapped items can be brought to the church office. If you’d rather give a monetary gift, that option is also available. Please make checks out to His Love Fellowship of Denver ? Christmas Toys, and drop it by the office of The First Baptist Church of Aspen. If you need a tax deduction slip, that can be done as well.

For further positive information, please call 925-8901.

Sharon Briggs

Aspen