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Christmas cheer needs a little help

By Mike Sever | staff writer Published: December 14, 2013 4:00 AM

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.

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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.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1125 or msever@recordpub.com

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