People came by the busloads today to check out the home of Gesila and the late Tony Houseman for the Orange Service League’s annual Toy Coffee.

It was a huge success with over 475 people in attendance to view the home decorated for the holidays and filled with exotic wildlife trophies from around the world.

The late Houseman was an avid Hunter with many prize trophies including a cougar, red stag, and more. There were many animal rugs throughout the home including a zebra rug on the floor in the bedroom.

The garden tub in the bathroom was surrounded with poinsettias.

In the back of the house, refreshments were served in a covered outdoor living area complete with a kitchen and fireplace. The weather was a little nippy, so guests warmed themselves by the fire as they enjoyed punch or coffee, small quiches, finger sandwiches, fruit, cheese, and every kind of cookie imaginable.

The event brought in $5925.00 in cash donations and over 400 toys that will be donated to the Salvation Army to make Christmas brighter for families in the area.

There is a much greater need this year because of the devastation of Hurricane Ike. Orange County citizens stepped up to make this year’s event a huge success.