The holiday season is almost upon us, and Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is once again asking area residents to “Give the Best Gift Ever” this holiday season!
The agency is kicking off its annual Holiday Gift Drive, which is co-sponsored by the Friends of Lucas County Children Services (FLCCS) and several community partners. The community-based campaign is expected to provide gifts to as many as 2,500 children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Gift collection begins November 16, and runs through December 14, 2018.
The drive provides gifts for children living in foster care, with relatives or with their families under LCCS supervision. “This has been a difficult year for the children of Lucas County. Our data tells us that abuse and neglect continue to rise, in no small part to the incidence of substance abuse in our community. Giving these children a reason to smile at the holiday season is really important. Lucas County residents have been very generous in the past, and we hope they will continue that tradition of giving,” says Robin Reese, LCCS executive director.
The gift drive provides toys for children from birth to age 18. While we are seeking gifts for all age groups, the agency is in particular need of gifts for children of all ethnic groups who are newborn to 3 years old, and gift cards for teenagers.
Several generous community partners are again stepping up to support the gift drive. Key sponsors include PNC Bank; Bennett Management Corp., a franchisee of BURGER KING Corporation®, and La-Z-Boy; other partners include Allshred Services; Barnes & Noble Toledo; Brondes Ford; The Countertop Shop; DANA Corporation; Franklin Park Mall; Levis Commons; Teamsters Local 20; Toledo Auto Care; radio station WRVF 101.5 The River; WTOL; and Woodcraft. Local residents are encouraged to drop a new, unwrapped toy in the collection boxes located around the community:
- Allshred Services, 3940 Technology Drive in Maumee.
- Brondes Ford, 1511 Reynolds Rd., Maumee and 5545 Secor Rd., Toledo.
- All Toledo-area BURGER KING® restaurants in Holland, Maumee, Northwood, Oregon, Toledo, and Lambertville, Mich.
- The Countertop Shop, 9300 Airport Hwy.
- Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe Street, Toledo (pick an ornament from the wish trees)
- La-Z-Boy Furniture stores, 5804 Airport Hwy. and 5173 Monroe St. in Toledo; and 3316 Navarre Ave. in Oregon.
- Toledo Auto Care, 4544 Monroe St. and 5329 Heatherdowns, Toledo.
- The Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg.
- Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Highway, Toledo.
- WTOL studios, 730 N. Summit St., Toledo.
Additionally, the Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 4940 Monroe Street in Toledo has designated the LCCS Holiday Gift Drive as the recipient of its 2018 holiday book donation campaign, which encourages customers to purchase books to be donated to the gift drive.
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Several special events are being scheduled to encourage Toledo-area residents to support the gift drive:
Downtown Toy Drop Scheduled
On Thursday, December 6, WTOL will host its second annual “Downtown Toy Drop” in its parking lot at 730 North Summit St. from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. WSPD will also broadcast live throughout the day. Everyone is encouraged to drive through and donate a new, unwrapped toy to the LCCS drive.
“Shred for a Toy” Day Scheduled
On Saturday, December 8, 101.5 The River morning show host Rick Woodell will continue the tradition of broadcasting live from the BURGER KING® at 4870 Monroe Street (across from Franklin Park Mall) from 1 to 3 p.m. Allshred Services will be on hand to provide free shredding for up to five bags or boxes of paper documents when you donate a new, unwrapped toy. The public is encouraged to stop by and support the gift drive during that time.
Woodcraft Toy Workshop
On Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Highway, will hold a children's toy workshop. Children will be able to build two wooden toys - one for themselves, and another to be donated to the Lucas County Children Services Holiday Gift Drive.
About Lucas County Children Services
The mission of Lucas County Children Services is to lead the community in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. This is accomplished by working with families, service providers and community members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting in safe, stable and permanent families for children.
About Friends of Lucas County Children Services
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is the government agency that investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect and provides protective services when necessary. Friends of Lucas County Children Services is a 501(c) (3), private non-profit organization that supports LCCS through various charitable activities. The Holiday Gift Program is one of those activities.