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Posted on: December 21, 2017

Toys for Joy Gives Back to Families in Need in Anoka County

For the past 31 years, Toys for Joy has been making the holidays a little brighter for local families in need.

In this season of giving, the unexpected surprises can mean the most.

Brandon Beseke, Toy for Joy Member asks, "Does your son have a bike by chance?"

"No," replies Sarah Osberg, mother of two.

Beseke, "Would he like one for Christmas?"


Every December the Toys for Joy committee gets to see their year round work pay off on the faces of those they help.

"It helps me around Christmas time to get a few extra presents for the kids to make sure they have a good Christmas," says Osberg.

Toys for Joy was given 100 bikes from Bikes 4 Kids, 50 from Toys for Tots and about a dozen from donations.

"It's fun to give that miscellaneous gift that they weren't even expecting," says Beseke.

Each year, Toys for Joy impacts more than 4,000 children from over a thousand local families.

"I was an annual sponsor and I wanted to become more involved because it's the community I live in here in Anoka County, and I just see how every dollar and every hour that foes into it impacts people in their life," says Brandon Peterson, Toys for Joy Member.

With all the donations staying local, organizers are able to share in the joy of the Christmas season.

"I went up to a dad and asked if his six year old would like a bike and he said yes, he was at a loss for words and started crying. I already cry when the moms cry, you get a dad crying and it took me a couple minutes to piece myself back together," says Jill Morrison, Toys For Joy Member.

Making Christmas a little more merry in Anoka County.

"I think he's going to love it," says Osberg.

In addition to toys, the Toys for Joy organization supplies families with household products and food items.

The Coon Rapids Police and Fire departments hand delivered gifts to homes on behalf of Toys for Joy as well.

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