|My Little Angel raising funds for annual toy drive|
|Written by Chris Lee|
An initiative that began last Christmas to provide toys to numerous children throughout the county is continuing with the hopes of increasing the number of children to benefit from the program.
My Little Angel organizer Josie Murray said they purchased toys for 70 children last year and are hoping to increase that number to 125-150 this year.
The toys only go to children in Phillips County. Murray said this is a strong point the group likes to stress. Toys aren’t being shipped to children in other cities and everything stays local. My Little Angel personally shops for the children off wish lists they create.
This all began after Murray and husband Brett lost baby Ethan on the same day he was born Jan. 29, 2009.
Murray felt it would be a good idea to give gifts to children in Ethan’s name and so the My Little Angel initiative began to provide gifts for children in Phillips County. Brett grew up in Holyoke.
Other families who lost children at young ages joined with the Murrays to build the My Little Angel effort.
In other fundraising efforts, a life-size Candy Land game was held during Dandelion Daze in June.
My Little Angel also recently completed a project with the family clinic and donated a basket full of DVDs and books to keep children and their parents entertained while in the waiting room, according to Murray. She also noted they are planning on a similar idea with the hospital.
As part of ongoing fundraising efforts, My Little Angel will be giving away a grill and accessories.
The “Ultimate Backyard Give-a-way” is a raffle for a brand new stainless steel grill, grilling tool set, grilling cookbook, 25 pounds of ground beef, approximately 24 steaks and a grill cover.
The grill is currently on display at First Pioneer National Bank where tickets may also be purchased.
The event will wrap up with a Chamber of Commerce hot dog days at the Lions Club Park Wednesday, Aug. 4. Cake, balloons and candy will be available and the drawing for the grill and prizes will take place at 1 p.m.
All proceeds from the raffle will go towards the toy drive.
Backyard give-a-way sponsors are Holyoke Marketplace, First Pioneer National Bank, Hassler Crop Insurance, Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union, Highline Electric Association and Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.