Save the Toy Store campaign raises more than $75,000 -

Save the Toy Store campaign raises more than $75,000

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

( -- A push to save an Edwardsville, Ill. toy store moved into its final hours Thursday night.

Customers started an online fundraising drive to save Once Upon a Toy. More than $78,000 has been pledged to save the store.

The owners said they’ve been struggling and the bank has called in their loan. They said they need $75,000 to stay in business.

When the owners told customers they were closing, one loyal customer started an on-line Save the Toy Store movement.

“We’re floored. We’re overwhelmed,” said store owner Shawnta’ Ray, “I don’t know how to accept it graciously enough. I didn’t expect this amount of ‘love’ for lack of a better word.”

Ray and her husband also own Lagoonamagoo Toys in Clayton.

“This is an amazing toy store,” said Heather Browning, the customer who started the online campaign, “The people that work here are wonderful and they know your name when you walk in and they know your child’s name which is more important.”

They said if they don’t get the$ 75,000 to stay in business Lagoonamagoo Toys store will close as well.

You can find the link to the Save the Toy Store campaign here.



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