Many opportunities to donate gifts for children

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(Posted Nov. 18, 2022)

Looking to make Christmas bright for children in need? Consider donating to one or more of the following toy and gift collections around Madison County.

Tri-County Joint Fire District in Mount Sterling
It is time to fill out an application for the Tri-County Joint Firefighter’s Toy drive. New this year, the firefighters will be working with the Mount Sterling Community Center to help more families in the community. Families need to fill out an application and provide ID, proof of residence (electric bill, phone bill, etc). Applicants must live within the Tri-County Fire running district or within the community center’s service area.

The application window is open through Dec. 5. Forms can be picked up weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the fire house, 7 W. Columbus St., or the community center, 164 E. Main St. Both locations will be accepting toys and monetary donations through Dec. 5.

For more information about the toy drive, call the fire house at (740) 869-2643 or the community center at (740) 869-2453.

Madison County Job & Family and London Fire Department
The Holiday Helpers Firefighters Toy Drive is under way. Madison County families in need, with children ages 0-12 years old, who want to receive gifts are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Families can sign up at Job & Family Services, 200 Midway St., London. For details, call (740) 852-4770. Anyone who would like to “adopt” children for which to buy gifts, make a monetary donation, or donate toys can call 852-4770.

West Jefferson Schools, Fire Department and Library
The firefighters of Jefferson Township, Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, and West Jefferson High School’s student council are coordinating their annual Christmas toy drive for underprivileged children of the West Jefferson area.

The group is collecting toys for children ages newborn through 9 years old, and gift cards for children ages 10 to 16 years old.

Toy donations can be dropped off at: Jefferson Township Fire Department, 745 W. Main St.; Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270 Lilly Chapel Rd.; or West Jefferson High School, 1 Roughrider Dr. If necessary, arrangements can be made for pickup of donations by contacting one of the organizers listed below. Reference “Toy Drive” in the subject area of any email correspondence.

For monetary donations, make checks payable to “Firefighters Toy Drive” and mail them to or drop them off at the high school or fire department. Shopping for the toys will be done on Dec. 15.

For additional info, contact: Rick Cook, Jefferson Township Fire Department, (614) 879-8265; Jen Miller, West Jefferson High School, jmiller@westjeff.org, (614) 879-7681, ext. 2300, (614) 394-2792; Melissa Woodard, Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, mglover@hbmlibrary.org or (614) 879-8448.

H.E.L.P. House
H.E.L.P. House, 122 E. Center St., London, is sponsoring a Little Lambs Christmas outreach Dec. 17, 9 am.-noon. Clients must register for this in-person shopping event. H.E.L.P. House also will match families in need with area individuals and families that are willing to purchase gifts for the holiday season. Sponsors, as well as families in need, are encouraged to register to purchase and receive gifts.

Contact H.E.L.P. House for more information at (740) 852-1980 or via email at helphouseoutreach@gmail.com.

Plain City Churches
Plain City area churches are making plans for the annual Christmas Basket project. In 2021, baskets and gifts were distributed to 125 families which included over 750 individuals, approximately 500 of whom were children.

The Plain City Church Fellowship, which sponsors the project, is asking for names, addresses and phone numbers of families or individuals in the Jonathan Alder School District who might need assistance over the holidays. Names of families or individuals in need can be turned in by calling Plain City Presbyterian Church at (614) 873-5011 or Dave McCray at (614) 408-1617 as soon as possible. All information is kept confidential.

The fellowship is not accepting food donations this year and will not hold a volunteer packing day. Anyone interested in helping with this project can donate money. Mail checks to: “Christmas Basket Fund,” Plain City Presbyterian Church, 231 E. Main St., Plain City, OH 43064.

Another way to participate is to “adopt” a family for which to buy Christmas presents. Families may be adopted through local churches or by calling the Presbyterian Church or McCray. Guidelines are provided for purchasing gifts for appropriate age levels. Anyone who adopts a family is asked to deliver the gifts between Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.
For details, call Jim Kaufman, co-chairman, at (937) 243-1653.

West Jefferson Community Association Adopt-a-Family
Each year, the association collects gifts to give to children in need who live in the Jefferson Local School District. Families in need who would like to receive gifts can pick up applications at Norwood Elementary and Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library.
Anyone who would like to donate to the effort can do so by “adopting” a family and purchasing gifts for them. Another way to help is by making a monetary donation. For details, contact Dee Jones at (614) 746-7648 or by email at hbdjones@yahoo.com.

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