Toys, toys and more toys

Gerri Ramsey delivered a load of toys to the Lighthouse Mission on Thursday that might make Santa Claus jealous.

Included in the more than 700 toys she won in a company drawing were basketballs, stuffed animals and toy trucks, which will be given to children in need on Dec. 15 at the Lighthouse Mission children's Christmas party.

"I felt very humbled that I could do something for my community in presenting toys to children who possibly would not have a Christmas," said Ramsey, a Clovis resident and sales consultant for Gold Canyon, a scented candle company based in Chandler, Ariz.. "I knew there is plenty of children in Clovis who I could help have a happier Christmas."

CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed

Gold Canyon candle company founders Karen Waisath, left, Curt Waisath, right, and local sales consultant Gerri Ramsey, , discuss Ramsey's toy donation Thursday to the Lighthouse Mission.

Thursday's donation to the Lighthouse Mission was the mission's largest single toy donation of the year, according to mission director Richard Gomez.

"The toys could have went anywhere in the nation and Canada and we're happy they came to Clovis," said Gomez, who learned of Ramsey's donation plans a little more than a month ago. "We're going to put them to good use."

Gold Canyon founders Curt and Karen Waisath started their Prayer Child Foundation toy donation three years ago to provide toys to children in need.

"When we started this business in 1997 it was a struggle," said Curt Waisath, who flew into Clovis with his wife Karen to participate in the donation.

"We were just working day and night. We just pled with the lord and said, 'If we can get this to be successful we will give back.'"

Waisath said when his company started to succeed in 2000 he knew it was time to give back. At their annual Gold Canyon consultants convention in Phoenix company consultants enter their name into a drawing when they donate a toy. The winner gets to choose what charity will receive the toy donations.

In the end, it was the children of Clovis who turned out to be the winner.

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