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Fishline provides toys for 400 kids in Poulsbo

POULSBO — City Hall wasn’t the only location where anonymous givers visited this season.

Giving trees and toy boxes were spread throughout the community to collect presents for the area’s children.

Fishline’s Giving Trees have come down. But for the food bank and charitable service, the job isn’t finished.

“The community response was generously overwhelming,” said Raelenea Rodriguez of North Kitsap Fishline.

Now, Fishline’s helper elves will sort the presents and get them to the intended recipients.

The trees held gift requests from the area’s children in need. A total of 243 out of 283 children received gifts in response to the trees. Fishline will purchase gifts for the remaining 40.

Donation boxes for toys, such as the boxes at City Hall or at the North Kitsap Herald, helped to provide presents for more children — a total of 120 to be exact, according to Rodriguez.

“(The) total number of children for Christmas Child 2013 is approximately 403,” Rodriguez said. “But it could be higher as we serve last minute walk-in clients.”

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