Virden store taps into the fun of giving

Marilee Coulter’s eyes get shiny when she recounts a touching memory of the mom and dad who came into Virden’s Red Apple store during its annual holiday season toy drive.

They purchased and donated toys in memory of a child who passed away, knowing that somebody else’s child would get to enjoy them. For Coulter, store interim manager, it was one of those special moments you never forget. 

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She remembers another family who came in to support the campaign.

“The parents let their boys each pick out any toy they wanted to give to a child in need.

“The older boy put a lot of thought into it and finally chose a toy that he would want for himself, saying that’s how he knew the other child would like it.”

The youngsters deposited their carefully-selected gifts in a cart destined for the Virden Christmas Cheer Board, having experienced the pleasure of selfless giving.

“Those two families, to me, showed the true meaning of Christmas – giving without expecting and making some child’s Christmas bright, happy,” said Coulter.

The Red Apple store’s annual Fill a Sleigh toy drive is this Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the afternoon, there will be special guests at the Virden store to enliven the festivities: Wallace District firefighters, Oil Caps players and even Santa himself will be there from 1 to 3 p.m.

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