Annual Toys For Kids Shopping Spree

Dozens of shopping carts at Bellevue’s Toys R Us piled high with gifts for Toys For Kids.

Dozens of shopping carts at Bellevue’s Toys R Us piled high with gifts for Toys For Kids.

Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and a crew of volunteers for two dozen non-profits got to play Santa Claus for needy kids in the Puget Sound area at the annual Toys For Kids holiday shopping spree.

Carts were piled high with Legos, stuffed animals and all-things “Frozen” at the Bellevue Toys R Us. Each item will be wrapped and presented to a child who otherwise might not have a very happy holiday. This is all thanks to the efforts of Rizzs, former Mariners outfielder Dave Henderson, volunteers from the Mariners RBI Club and generous donors.

Toys For Kids was founded by Rizzs and Henderson, and a handful of Hendu’s teammates back in 1995. They raised a few thousand dollars and bought toys for around 500 children. Since then, the program has grown and this year, they raised $245,000 and will buy gifts for 8,000 kids.

The first of several distribution events is this weekend in conjunction with Harborview Medical Center. There are 22 organizations participating in the Toys For Kids program this year including Country Doctor, First Place, Atlantic Street Center, Broadview Women’s Shelter, YWCA Seattle Emergency Housing, Seattle Children’s Home and Ronald McDonald House.

If you’d like to learn more about Toys For Kids, volunteer or donate, log onto Rick’sToysForKids.org.

RBI Club members Bob Simeone and Steve Smith shop for Toys For Kids gifts.

RBI Club members Bob Simeone and Steve Smith shop for Toys For Kids gifts.

 

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