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Community Christmas Toy Store

November 27, 2013 - Ortonville- More than 100 area children may be dreaming of Santa this year while their heads rest on pillows and pillowcases that came from the Community Christmas Toy Store last year.

Brenda Heffernan, owner of Mabelena's Quilting Supplies and Comforts, hopes that again this year, every local parent in need will be able to supply their child with a new pillow through CCTS.

"My goal is for every child to get a pillow," said Heffernan on Monday as she sewed in her shop located on Mill Street in the village. "It's a great thing that they can have a fresh pillow every year. It's wonderful that customers rally around this."

For the past several years, Mabelena's customers and other area residents have sewn colorful, child-friendly or holiday-themed pillowcases. They give the pillowcases and new pillows to CCTS, which assists low-income families in the Brandon School District in providing gifts for children.

"If money is tight and you can only buy your child a toy or a pillow, parents will buy the toy, but it's really nice to have a pillow, too," said Heffernan.

Indeed, CCTS clients are often delighted to pick up a pillow in the cute cases when shopping for their child at the annual toy store.

Linda Mizejewski, president of the non-profit CCTS, is grateful for the time and efforts of the Mabelena's customers, as well as groups like the Brandon Woodworkers Club, who make toy trucks and doll cradles for the toy store.

"We are here to make sure no child is forgotten at Christmastime," said Mizejewski. "It takes all of the local businesses, service organizations, schools, churches and individuals to make sure that happens. It's a community effort. It's not just monetary, it's time and talent donated."

CCTS plans to provide about 240 children, ages 12 and under, with gifts this year. Parents of these children will be able to select one large toy and three smaller toys, as well as a book and a board game, from the Community Christmas Toy Store, which will be set up on Dec. 14 at St. Anne Church, 825 S. Ortonville Road.

Donations of toys are accepted at businesses all over town, as well as at St. Anne and other area churches. To make a monetary donation, checks made payable to CCTS can be sent to P.O. Box 733, Ortonville, MI 48462.

Volunteers are needed for toy store set-up on Dec. 12-13 and for the Dec. 14 distribution. For more information on toy drop-off sites or to make an online donation, visit www.brandonccts.org or call 248-795-5281.

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Susan covers Brandon Township and Ortonville
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