Begging for Coins for Kids at area Wal-Mart stores; volunteers welcome

ST. GEORGE – Volunteers, U.S. Marines, and others will be at the Bloomington and Washington Wal-mart stores “begging” for donations for Coins for Kids Friday.

Officially called “Begging for Coins,” Carl Lamar, president of the board for Coins for Kids, said it was one of the charity’s biggest donation days.

“That day has produced anywhere between $3-20,000,” he said.

Lamar and others will be at the Bloomington and Washington Wal-Mart stores from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. Aside from Lamar, the group of “beggers” will consist of volunteers, Wal-Mart employees and Marines, as Coins for Kids is partnered with the Toys for Tots program.

Coins for Kids is currently $65,000 short of its goal, Lamar said, and asked people to come out and make a donation. If anyone wishes to donate online, they can do so at the Coins for Kids website.

Lamar said Coins for Kids is providing toys to over 18,000 children in Washington County this holiday season.

Event recap:

Date: Friday, Dec. 14

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Locations:

Bloomington Wal-Mart, 2610 Pioneer Road, St George

Washington Wal-Mart 625 W Telegraph St., Washington

For volunteers

Shopping for toys begins on Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. at the Bloomington Wal-Mart. Wrapping gifts happens at the Dixie Center St. George on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m., and delivery of the gifts takes place from 4-9 p.m. on Dec. 21. Volunteers don’t need to register for shopping or wrapping. Those wanting to deliver toys as “Santa” are asked to call Hal Halford at 435-673-8215 to register.

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