Toy Drive hits second weekend with bikes & diapers

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The Les Schwab Community Toy Drive is two weeks old and has already made a lasting impact on needy families in the Wenatchee Valley. Well over 7,000 diapers were collected at Walmart and distributed Monday through various local organizations.

NCWLIFE Channel’s Eric Granstrom was at all the events this weekend and has more…

Toy Bike Diaper Drive 2019-10-09

Toy Bike Diaper Drive 2019-10-09

Kirk Moser, Les Schwab area manager and Toy Drive volunteer, says the diaper drive makes a huge difference. “We can’t thank Walmart enough for their matching grant to provide diapers to area families who are having a tough time,” said Moser. According to organizations like Serve Wenatchee Valley and CASA, when families are having to choose between diapers and a toy for Christmas, children’s toiletry needs come first. Moser said, “it’s a big deal that we can, through the help of our community and businesses like Walmart, help families in our area.”

The Diaper Drive at Walmart Sunday followed on the heals of the 3rd Annual Bike Build at Sangster Motors earlier that morning. 31 volunteers showed up at Sangster Motors Sunday morning to assemble bikes that will go to children through the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive.

Sangster Motors becomes bike build center for a weekend

Chad and Corey Sangster say they offer their facility because it’s the right thing to do. “We love to help folks who are having a tough time,” said Chad Sangster. “Dad taught us that you help you fellow man and that’s what we’re doing.”

115 bicycles and 26 scooters were assembled over the weekend and were distributed to the 6 local recipient organizations. The bicycles were purchased by the Toy Drive at cost, thanks to the generosity of Hooked on Toys.

Wenatchee Valley Velo Club assembled volunteer cycle experts to help check and fine-tune the bicycles before they went out. Velo also donated over 100 helmets as part of their “Lids on Kids” initiative.

The weekend Saturday morning at Hooked on Toys with a radio remote broadcast with Brent Rhodes and Country 104.7FM KKRV. A truckload of toys was collected as well as cash that goes directly to help the Toy Drive.

More on the way with the Community Toy Drive

There will be another Expert Kid Shopping event Wednesday. Teagan Collier will be given a $1,500 shopping spree at Hooked on Toys with the toys benefiting the Toy Drive.

Collection events will also be held at Hooked on Toys Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you’d like to learn more about the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive, go to their website at www.lstoydrive.org or find them on Facebook.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in East Wenatchee with his wife, Marion and has one daughter, Gracie (21) and two stepsons Trent (26) and Taylor (21).