Seattle Hill Elementary School students show a car trunk stuffed with over 700 stuffed toys, bound for Christmas House. The school took first place in an Everett Elks Lodge 479 contest to see which school could donate the most stuffed toys. They received a trophy for their efforts. (Contributed photo)

Students help Elks collect toys, books for Christmas House

Seattle Hill Elementary School in the Snohomish School District took first place in the Everett Elks Lodge 479 stuffed toy drive contest, collecting and delivering over 700 stuffed toys.

Lowell Elementary School, in Everett, took first place in the lodge’s children’s book drive contest, gathering over 35 pounds of books. The school also placed second in the stuffed toy drive.

Whittier Elementary School, in Everett, placed second in the book drive.

All three schools received trophies for their efforts.

In all, the friendly contest gathered 1,000 new stuffed toys and 65 pounds of new books to deliver to Christmas House.

Meanwhile, Elks members added to the cause as well. Lodge members donated ten folding tables’ worth of toys as well as a check for $850 for Christmas House. Most of the monetary donation was raised from a Barnyard Bingo fundraiser.

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