The Center of Hope and Kent Social Services are hoping a lot of Portage County residents will help make a child's Christmas brighter this year by donating toys for those less fortunate.
"We have close to a thousand kids between the Center of Hope and Kent Social Services," said Anne Marie Mann-Noble, director of emergency outreach services for Family & Community Services, Inc., which coordinates the two agencies.
Mann-Noble said the agencies are still taking donations of new, unwrapped items at the former Paul's Do-It hardware store at 129 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
Items are needed for kids from birth to age 17. Gifts for "boys 10 to 16 seems to be where we're short, but we won't turn anything away," Mann-Noble said.
Suggested donations include sports-related items, balls, children's books, chapter books, crossword puzzle or word-search books, action figures, hoodies of all sizes, boys athletic socks, card games and family board games. "We try to encourage family activities," she said.
Can't think of anything? Gift cards for Wal-Mart or Target are also okay, Mann-Noble said.
The distribution for pre-registered families will be Tuesday and Wednesday. To volunteer to help families choosing gifts for their children, or to restock tables, call Julie Piccione-Beach at 330-297-5454.
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