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(PHOTOS) A.B.A.T.E. begins collecting toys for needy Campbell children

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The A.B.A.T.E. toy store, which has been helping needy children in the area for more than 35 years, announced today its upcoming fundraisers for children in need.

ABATE Toy Store Coordinator Jessica Scott said that every year the organization’s main goal is to help as many families as it can so every child enjoys Christmas. In 2021, they helped 179 families with 431 children.
Toys for needy children line shelves at the A.B.A.T.E. toy store in a past year of the collections event. (Jessica Scott)
“We are anticipating numbers to be higher this year due to the way the economy has shifted,” Scott said. “We understand the importance of making sure that families provide the essentials for their children such as food, clothing, housing, etc. so we are here to take the stress and worry away from the Christmas gifting season.”
Scott said children ages 10 to 18 seem to get the fewest gifts through the collections drive.
“It is very hard to shop for that age group,” she said.
Children up through age 18 who live with their parents in the northeast Wyoming area may receive toys, if families qualify through an application process.
A past year’s collection of toys for needy children of Campbell County. (Jessica Scott)
“We have been very fortunate throughout the years as Gillette and Campbell County have supported us as our Toy Store grows each year,” Scott said.
She said the Stuff the Bus promotion helps too. [County 17 has listed locations and dates for Stuff the Bus at the end of this article.]
(Jessica Scott)
“It is truly amazing at how the local businesses help us get the bus as full as we can each year,” she said.
(Jessica Scott)
A.B.A.T.E. uses monetary donations from businesses and individuals to fill any shortages in items and toys for all the families that get signed up, she said.

The Dec. 3 A.B.A.T.E. Toy Store Toy Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Floats and riders can line up at Twin Spruce Junior High, 100 E. Seventh St., Gillette, at 1:30 p.m. A visit with Santa will follow the parade, from about 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Masonic Lodge, 407 S. Gillette Ave. The Toy Store will accept new toys at the event. All toys stay local, an event flier said.

Donations can also be made to the Toy Store Fund at Campco Credit Union, 1110 E. Boxelder Road, Gillette. Donors can also contact Jessica Scott at 307-660-6552, James Scott at 307-670-5065 or Nancy Huyck at 307-660-9952.

Gillette Main Street will host the Parade of Lights at 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

There will also be Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 4. at American Legion Post 42, 200 Rockpile Blvd., Gillette. Breakfast tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old or younger. Breakfast proceeds benefit A.B.A.T.E, which will also accept new, unwrapped toys or cash donations.

To be eligible for toys, residents must contact the Council of Community Services, at 114 4-J Road, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday by Dec. 6. The Council’s phone number is 307-686-2730. They can also visit Wright Community Services, 265 Rochelle Drive, Wright. The phone number for the Wright location is 307-464-1544.

They must complete an application and qualify to receive a voucher for toys.

Families should bring proof of all income, including child support; proof of legal status, such as a social security card, work visa or U.S. birth certificate; and proof of residency in Campbell County. Residency documentation options include a lease or rental agreement or a utility bill. They then bring the voucher and ID to 6001 Mohan Road between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 17 or 18 so they can shop through the store.

(Jessica Scott)

The store is across from Sunshine Custom Paint and Body, Inc. To get there, motorists driving south on Douglas Highway take a right immediately after Komatsu Mining Corp. and then drive about a half-mile south. The toy store will be on the east side of the street.

A.B.A.T.E. Toy Store is at 6001 Mohan Road, Gillette. (Jessica Scott)

Kiwanis will also be onsite at the toy store with coats for children, according to a flier.

A.B.A.T.E.’s mailing address is P.O.Box 3676, Gillette, WY 82717. Its email address is newabate@yahoo.com.

For more information, contact Jessica Scott.

2022 Stuff the Bus Locations & Dates

Shay Lundvall/Hems and Gems held an event Oct. 28 and Sonic Whites Frontier Motors held an event Nov. 4.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12: Peabody Energy at Walmart

5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18: South Shell Station

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19: Platinum Auto

10 a.m. to noon Nov. 25 at Wyoming Work Warehouse

1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at Sonic

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at Clothesline Boutique

2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 at Don’s in Wright

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at Knechts

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at HUB Insurance

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at Pacific Steel

4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at First National Bank-RC Ranch

5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at North Shell Station

3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at Mountain View Apartments

1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Energy Capital Economic Development

4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Rocky Mountain Discount Sports
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Make Me Blush & Craft Corner & Sweets
5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Team Properties
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at Platinum Auto
2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at Don’s in Gillette
1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 UnSTUFF THE BUS/Open House @ Toy Store