Toys for Tots to Teens kicks off Osoyoos Light-Up

Tammy and Chris Fraser are cooking breakfast for a cause Friday morning.

With so much fun expected Friday afternoon and evening, Smitty’s wants to make sure you have enough fuel in the tank to get you going — and love in your heart to make the most of the day.

The popular Osoyoos restaurant is back with its 21st annual Toys for Tots to Teens breakfast, an Osoyoos Light-Up event that provides toys and other gifts for less fortunate children and adolescents in the community.

Between 7 and 10 a.m., for an unwrapped toy or cash donation, patrons can dig in to a Smitty’s breakfast featuring strawberry or peach Melba waffles, pancakes, French toast and bacon or sausage.

“We as a family love Christmas and all that it means in our lives,” explained Smitty’s Tammy Fraser, who along with her husband Chris runs the restaurant opened by her parents.

“So we hoped to be able to share with others. We got involved to help families in our community.”

The Christmas Light-Up event is the brainchild of Wilfred and Wendy Herle.

The Toys for Tots to Teens breakfast started when the Herles owned a local gas station. The event moved to Smitty’s when they purchased that franchise.

Now retired, the Herles are away from the community and won’t be involved in Friday’s event.

Others, however, are stepping in to fill the void.

Toys for Tots to Teens has become a community celebration, with volunteers joining the Frasers and their staff to help cook and clear tables.

“The community always comes up for the call when they can and they have always been a great contributor,” says Tammy.

Toys collected Friday will be turned over to the local Kiwanis club, which will distribute them to children and families identified as less fortunate.

Cash donations are also welcome.

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