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Toy Coffee event receives large turnout, donations

ORANGE — Moving the Toy Coffee to a more central location resulted in positive reaction from the citizens of Orange.

Within the first 30 minutes of the event, the Service League of Orange and Salvation Army received $1,000 in donations including $100 from a Community Christian School student.

Admission to the annual event for guests was a new, unwrapped toy or a monetary donation, which was given to The Salvation Army of Orange County for use in its Christmas program for needy families.

As visitants toured First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, they experienced the beauty of the historic church while attaining information on the notable stain glass windows and the significance of a Chrisom tree.

Church members created the ornaments of white and gold on the tree in the sanctuary on the second floor of the church.

The five symbols, a fish, a butterfly, a dove, a shell, and the Jerusalem Cross, on the tree reflect the purpose of Jesus, His life, teaching and ministry.

A total of 701 toys and $4,023 were donated by 524 guests who attended this year’s event.

The toys and monetary donations are provided to the Salvation Army of Orange County, which, in turn, uses these toys to help fill the Christmas wishes of hundreds of children across the area. The Toy Coffee charity event has helped supply more than 2,800 toys and approximately $24,000 in donations in the past six years.

The event is held annually by the Service League of Orange, which was founded in 1954. The first Toy Coffee was held in 1956 and has been going strong every year since then.