October 22nd, 2020

Tubs With Toys Christmas Toy Drive to help more than 2,000 kids


By Bobinec, Greg on December 17, 2019.

Workers from the YWCA help bag and load up all of the toys donated from the community and by The Ensuite Bath and Kitchen Showroom, for the 10th annual Tubs with Toys Christmas Toy Drive, Monday morning. Herald photo by Greg Bobinec @GBobinecHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

The Ensuite Bath and Kitchen Showroom has partnered with Mastermind Toys and YWCA Lethbridge for their annual Tubs with Toys Christmas Toy Drive.

Over the last month, the Ensuite Showroom has been filled with toys from the community and businesses that will then later be delivered for Christmas. In the toy drive’s 10th year, they have been able to help more than 2,000 children have something under the tree for Christmas and have collected between $80,000 and $100,000 to purchase toys on top of the donations.

“The program started before I came here, but when it started, The Ensuite saw a need in the community to help out and give back,” says Joey Baranyay, manager of Ensuite Bath & Kitchen Showroom. “It is pretty sad that over the 10 years we have been doing it, 2,000 kids have been helped. It is a heartwarming thing, but also a sad thing at the same time that there is so much need in Lethbridge, but we are happy to help out and bring light to a special little one for Christmas. No one should go without on Christmas.”

The staff at Ensuite spend the month of December collecting and convincing the public to help support families who might not be able to afford new toys for their children.

“What we do is about a month before Christmas, we start marketing about the campaign, to get it out to the community,” says Baranyay. “We start to receive toys from community members, our customers and our partners. They donate money as well and then we put that all into a pool and go shopping at Mastermind Toys. They have been a great partner in this initiative. Customers also come in to shop and they ask about it and we tell them and it further inspires people to drop off toys.”

Having a showroom full of toys may be a bit of a distraction for the team at Ensuite, but organizers say the clutter is well worth the distraction, knowing the toys will be in deserving hands come Christmas morning.

“It is definitely distracting for my team to have all of these toys in the showroom. We all have some fun, but it’s nice to see how much goes to the kids,” says Baranyay. “It is moral fibre, every morning we do this donation to the YWCA, it is very heartwarming, we put a lot of work into this, but giving back is something that really feels good and we really enjoy it.”

The YWCA collected all of the toys from Ensuite’s showroom Monday morning, as they brought them back to their facility for sorting, wrapping and delivery through their annual Stockings of Hope program.

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