Figpickels bringing Christmas to hundreds of kids

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - There's less than two weeks to Christmas and people are working fast to make sure their kids have their gifts.

But what about the children whose families can't afford what's on their wish list or kids who can't go home because they're in the hospital? Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coeur d'Alene is working to grant a holiday wish to hundreds of those local children.

Christmas came a little early to the Figpickels warehouse. The owners are like kids, rummaging through the tightly packed boxes to find out what surprises are inside. They're very happy, not because they're going to sell all these goods, but because they'll be donated.

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Figpickels won a national charity for Christmas contest and received toy donations from major manufacturers.

"We wrote an essay about what we would do with the toys here in the inland northwest. A few weeks ago we got a phone call saying we've won," Brett Sommer with Figpickels said.

And that's when things really starting to take off with other manufacturers saying they wanted to help. Now they have hundreds of toys to donate.

They'll be given to kids in local hospitals, Toys for Tots and to a North Idaho College leadership group, a group humbled by just how generous the community is and can't wait to hand these toys out to kids at the Providence Health Care Foundation.

"We set a small goal for ourselves, the cause. Even the instructor of our class is pretty blown away how far we've actually gone," Rich Henning with the NIC leadership group said.

What really brings a smile to their faces is that around a thousand toys will find their way to the hands of a child deserving a very merry holiday.

"Maybe that will change view and opinions and spread a little happiness a little further and further. Not just on that day but maybe it's enough to give some people some hope," Sommer said.