Gumdrop Tree wins contest, donates winnings to Lincoln Elementary School

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Jodi Weaver, owner of the Gumdrop Tree in Little Falls, donated $500 in Blue Orange games to Lincoln Elementary School. The opportunity arose when she won a contest with the company for her holiday display of their games.

“I designed a window display around their penguin game,” said Weaver. She won the national contest.

Jodi Weaver, owner of the Gumdrop Tree in Little Falls, won a contest with one of her distributors, Blue Orange Games. Her prize was $500 in Blue Orange games which she donated to Lincoln Elementary School.

Jodi Weaver, owner of the Gumdrop Tree in Little Falls, won a contest with one of her distributors, Blue Orange Games. Her prize was $500 in Blue Orange games which she donated to Lincoln Elementary School.

The contest ran from Nov. 10 – Dec. 6, 2013, beginning with her Holiday Open House. Her display was featured, along with other toy stores who participated in the contest, on the Blue Orange Facebook page.

People would then vote on which display they liked the best. Weaver made cards to pass out to friends, family and customers, reminding them to vote for her.

The 20 or so other participating toy stores from around the U.S. were all small, family-owned operations similar to the Gumdrop Tree.

For winning, Weaver received $500 in Blue Orange games that she is donating to Lincoln Elementary School. The presentation took place during the all-school celebration Friday.

“I did this for the school, I wanted to give back to the community,” she said.

Besides the games, the Gumdrop Tree received all the trimmings for a store party which Weaver had Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pete and Joy’s Bakery provided treats and refreshments and Blue Orange games provided gift bags and prizes for the Gumdrop Tree’s customers.

Weaver also offered 10 percent off all Blue Orange games during the party.

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