Toy Drive gets help from 11-year old expert shopper

Toy Drive Shopping Spree with Koen Peterson

Koen Peterson had a chance of a lifetime this week. Thanks to generous donors to the NCW Community Toy Drive presented by Les Schwab, he was give $1,500 to do a shopping spree for toys at Hooked on Toys. The only catch was that he didn’t get to keep any of them. Peterson says he was more than happy to be an “Expert Shopper” and choose toys that would go to needy children in North Central Washington.


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Santa's arriving by helicopter to Hooked on Toys Saturday around Noon

The NCW Community Toy Drive will have a special event at Hooked on Toys this Saturday thanks to Lifeflight and Lifeline ambulance. Santa Claus will be flying in on a helicopter around Noon to greet the children, post for pictures, and taste some cookies. Firefighters from Chelan and Douglas County Fire Departments will also be on hand. Attendees are encourage to buy a new, unwrapped toy and drop it in the collection boxes to help needy children in North Central Washington.