Toy collections swing into gear across the county

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(Posted Nov. 9, 2021)

Tri-County Joint Fire District in Mount Sterling
Applications for the Tri-County Joint Firefighter’s Toy Drive are now available. Toy shortages and COVID-19 have prompted changes to the process this year. Families will receive gift cards to purchase toys and/or gifts for their children.

Families still need to fill out an application and provide identification and proof of residence, such as an electric bill or phone bill. Applicants must reside in the Tri-County Fire district. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 6. Form are available at the fire house 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Organizers are not accepting toys this year but would greatly appreciate monetary donations up until Dec. 6. Due to the toy shortage, organizers hope to get gift cards to families early enough for them to shop.

For more information, call the fire house at (740) 869-2643.

Madison County Job & Family Services 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.

Plain City Churches
Plain City area churches are making plans for their annual Christmas Basket project. In 2020, baskets and gifts were distributed to 125 families representing more than 750 individuals, approximately 500 of whom were children.

The Plain City Church Fellowship 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 submitted 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.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the fellowship is not accepting food donations this year and will not hold a packing day. Anyone interested in helping with the project can donate money. Mail checks to the “Christmas Basket Fund” and send to Plain City Presbyterian Church, 231 E. Main St., Plain City, OH 43064.

Another way to help is to adopt one of the families and buy their 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. Gifts must be delivered between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

For more information, call Jim Kaufman, co-chairman, at (937) 243-1653.

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. 10

For additional info, contact: Alex Cavinee, 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.

West Jefferson Community Association Adopt-a-Family
Each year, the association collects toys to give to children in need. Families who would like to receive toys can pick up applications at Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library or Norwood Elementary in West Jefferson or contact organizer Dee Jones at (614) 746-7648 or by email at hdjones@yahoo.com. To be eligible to receive gifts, children must be enrolled in the Jefferson Local School District. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 22.

Anyone who would like to donate to the effort can do so by “adopting” a family and purchasing gifts for them. For details, contact Dee Jones.

Another way to help is by making a monetary donation to “West Jefferson Community Association Adopt-a-Family” and mailing it to: Dee Jones, 5316 Lexi Lane N., Dublin, OH 43016.

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