How can greater Bristol residents help others this holiday season?

December 15, 2011

The Bristol Press has published this comprehensive list of area organizations which are helping others this holiday season, and I wanted to pass it along to you:

TOYS, FOOD

The Youth Chapter of the Bristol NAACP is hosting a food and toy drive that will run through Dec. 21. Seeking either non-perishable items, very gently used or new toys or gift cards of $20 or less to local grocery stores. The drop off is at Boys and Girls Club, 105 Laurel St., Bristol. For any other questions, contact Ashante Malone at (860)940-7350.

FOR FOOD PANTRY:

The Sunflower Bungalow Wellness Center, 1273 Queen St., (on the Plainville town line) Southington, will collect nonperishables and unwrapped toys for the Plainville Food Pantry and the homeless shelter through Dec. 16. The Plainville Food Pantry’s needs include canned food, toiletries, toys for children of all ages and winter coats. Stop in anytime for donations and receive free gift from Jitters Café or Pass It On Sports. No purchase required.

JOY OF SHARING

The United Way of West Central Connecticut is seeking donations for its 10th annual Joy of Sharing Holiday Toy and Gift Drive. This program has been providing food, toys, and gifts to needy children, teens, and families in Bristol, Plainville, and Plymouth for the past ten years.

New, unwrapped toys and gifts are needed for infants through children age 14. These gifts are then given to local non-profit organizations to distribute. Special need for gifts for children ages 12 to 14. Some ideas for this hard-to-shop-for age group are: skateboards/scooters, movie passes, sports gear, jewelry (watches, necklaces, bracelets), clock radios, journals/art sets, purses/bags/wallets, hat, gloves and scarf sets, hoodies or jackets, Gift cards to Walmart/Target stores, perfume and cologne gift sets, musical instruments, fleece blankets, MP3 players and/or digital cameras.

Donations can be delivered between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15 to 200 Main St. in Bristol. Anyone willing to help may call the United Way office at (860) 582-9559 to sign up.

NEW TOY DONATIONS

Every year, the Christian Fellowship Center of Bristol has a special Christmas Service and clients that frequent their soup kitchen and food pantry attend and receive presents for their children. Toy donations are needed for children ages newborn through 16 and can be brought to the Christian Fellowship Center, at 43 Prospect St., Bristol. Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teenage gifts are especially needed. For information, call (860) 589-0662.

GIVE2TROOPS

Sherwin-Williams stores are gathering goods to send to U.S. service men and women around the globe. For a list of the items the troops need, go to www.give2thetroops.org .  Many of these items are foods that can be shipped overseas along with toiletries and essentials.   Donations can be brought to the store at 1077 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, or 1197 Farmington Ave, Bristol.

TOYS EARN BUCKS

Price Chopper is conducting its annual Holiday Toy Drive and Make-A-Wish Foundation incentive contribution in partnership with the Salvation Army and Lang Media. Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation will donate $.50 for each toy donated (up to $10,000) to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Toy collections will occur in each of Price Chopper’s stores. Collections will continue through the week before Christmas. The Salvation Army will distribute all toys collected to those children in need.

Please forward this information to your friends and neighbors, and please feel free to contact me with any comments at [email protected] or 1-800-842-1421.