Holiday Toy Drive returns, complete with its own toy store

Parents and guardians can choose those gifts that they know will make the holidays very special.

As the holiday season approaches, the John L. Scott crew invites you to join us in spreading holiday joy to our island neighbors who could use a helping hand.

Over a decade ago, John L. Scott stepped in when the Kiwanis disbanded. We continue their good work with the loving idea that no child should greet their important winter holiday without a gift.

As we learn to live with COVID, and the pandemic impact becomes more manageable, we are excited to return to operating our Holiday Toy Store.

Through the generous support of Camp Burton, which is providing a store location, we invite those in need to select new toys and gifts for their children at the Holiday Toy Store.

The toys we collect, together with those our shoppers gather, will fill the Holiday Toy Store tables with holiday surprises for island kids in need. Parents and guardians can choose those gifts that they know will make the holidays very special for their loved ones.

We invite those who can, to donate new, unused toys at collection containers located in town, the Eagles and the Country Store & Farm, and to donate funds to our bell ringers (stationed at Thriftway on Nov. 3) or by sending a donation via check or Venmo.

I am keenly aware that we all receive many invitations to support a variety of important causes and recognize that, for some much more than others, the pandemic greatly impacted (and continues to impact) our wallets and pocketbooks.

With that knowledge, we invite you to give what feels right to you.

And if this year, you need our support, we encourage you to let us know and we will do our best to help you provide a special Christmas for your family.

In a world where there is far too much discord, please join us in helping to provide a sense of stability, love, and joy to all our Island neighbors. Your donations make a difference! You may mail a check, made payable to “VYFS,” to John L. Scott at P.O. Box 2009, Vashon, WA 98070, or donate via the Venmo app to Heidi-Grimsley-1.

Ken Zaglin, a longtime islander, is the owner of John L. Scott Vashon.