Bartell’s once again is stepping up to spread joy to children during the upcoming holiday season. In partnership with the Salvation Army and local radio station WARM 106.9, Bartell’s has hosted Toy N’ Joy for 18 years. This program is designed to collect new, unwrapped toys for local children during the holidays.
“This is one of Bartell’s favorite programs every year. It is even more important this year with the challenges many families are facing due to COVID-19 and high unemployment,” said Kathi Lentzsch, CEO and president of Bartell Drugs. “We hope to raise over $200,000 for toys intended as gifts for local children and families in need over the holidays.”
With the support of the community, Bartell’s has been successful making the season brighter in the past for those families. In 2019, over $180,000 in toy donations was collected. “We are so grateful to Bartell Drugs and its customers for their commitment to helping local families during the holiday season” said Lt. Col. Bill Dickinson, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in the Northwest. “Together we are making the holidays a little bit brighter for our neighbors in need.”
From Nov. 8 through Dec. 5, customers can visit any Bartell’s location to purchase a gift of their choice and deposit that toy into the red donation bin at the front of the store. Cash donations are also welcome at the register. Before Christmas, Salvation Army volunteers gather to sort the toys collected during the donation drive. On Dec. 16 and 17, families supported by Salvation Army are invited to CenturyLink Field Event Center to “shop” for the holidays at no cost to them.