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Spread the cheer to foster children in Sleep Country USA Secret Santa Toy Drive

Give foster children a reason to celebrate and consider a story encouraging readers to remember those too-often forgotten this holiday. - Courtesy photo
Give foster children a reason to celebrate and consider a story encouraging readers to remember those too-often forgotten this holiday.
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On Black Friday spread some cheer to foster children by purchasing a toy or gift to donate in the Sleep Country USA Secret Santa Toy Drive.

On now through Dec. 11, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any Sleep Country store – including Auburn's store at 1540 Industry Drive SW – Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Not sure what to get a foster kid? Not a worry. Drive organizers collected wish list items from Sleep Country's local foster organization partners, including Treehouse, Bethany Christian Services and Olive Crest.

Here are the top items:

• Boys: Legos, Star Wars, action heroes, sports equipment (footballs, soccer balls, basketballs and baseball equipment), movies, music players (iPods, mp3 players) and headphones

• Girls: Clothing and hair accessories (scarves, gloves, barrettes), make-up (lip gloss, nail polish), diaries/journals, baby dolls, books

• All children: Gift cards, board games (Monopoly, Sorry, Candy Land)

• Young children: Stacking cups/blocks, cars and trucks, play kitchen/cooking supplies, electronic learning toys (like LeapFrog), ride-on toys

To get people in the giving and getting spirit, Sleep Country is hosting a Facebook contest allowing those individuals who donate to potentially win a new Kindle Fire. See details here.

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