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Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - QVC WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE - By Leigh Green

ach De­cem­ber the Greater West Ch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce hosts their Hol­i­day Toy Drive. New, un­wrapped items do­nated by Cham­ber mem­bers and the com­mu­nity are pre­sented to non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions who work di­rectly with fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity. On Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 7, 2016 at 7:45 AM the an­nual Hol­i­day Toy Drive Break­fast will take place at Saint Agnes School, lo­cated at 233 West Gay Street in West Ch­ester.

“For the sixth year in a row, WSFS Bank is hon­ored to sup­port the West Ch­ester Christ­mas Toy Drive in West Ch­ester,” said Shari Kruzin­ski, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent of Re­tail Bank­ing at WSFS Bank. “At WSFS, we take great pride in giv­ing back to our com­mu­ni­ties. We’re ex­cited to host toy drop-offs through­out our Penn­syl­va­nia branches and play a role in bring­ing hol­i­day cheer to lo­cal chil­dren in need.”

The toy col­lec­tion boxes were so beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated by El­e­men­tary School stu­dents from sev­eral West Ch­ester Area School Dis­trict Schools.

In part­ner­ship with WSFS Bank, the 2016 West Ch­ester Christ­mas Toy Drive will col­lect toys from Novem­ber 3th through De­cem­ber 7th.

Toys col­lected through the 2016 WSFS Hol­i­day Toy Drive will be pre­sented to three im­por­tant or­ga­ni­za­tions: 1. Friends As­so­ci­a­tion for Care and Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren: Lo­cated in down­town West Ch­ester and pro­vid­ing ser­vices county-wide, Friends As­so­ci­a­tion pro­vides hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port ser­vices to pre­vent and end home­less­ness for Ch­ester County fam­i­lies with chil­dren. Types of do­na­tions most ap­pre­ci­ated: Ed­u­ca­tional toys, puzzles and board games, gro­cery store, Rite-Aid and Wawa gift cards in small de­nom­i­na­tions. www.friend­sas­soc.org

2.

The Care Cen­ter Foun­da­tion’s mis­sion is to pro­mote com­mu­nity part­ner­ships by pro­vid­ing a min­istry of pres­ence and spir­i­tual sup­port in the West Ch­ester Com­mu­nity. The Cen­ter em­pow­ers those who give and those who re­ceive through cre­ative ed­u­ca­tional, recre­ational, and so­cial ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties.

Types of do­na­tions most ap­pre­ci­ated: De­vel­op­men­tal toys, books, build­ing sets, arts/crafts (paints, pa­per, crayons, etc.) and pre­tend cen­ters- such as buy­ing gro­ceries, teach­ing, tak­ing care of baby, etc. It’s Im­por­tant that these toys be ap­pro­pri­ate for their ages. www.care­cen­ter­foun­da­tion.org

3.

Charles A. Mel­ton Arts and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter will be cel­e­brat­ing its cen­ten­nial in Oc­to­ber 2018. Lo­cated on the east side of the Bor­ough, the Mel­ton Cen­ter’s mis­sion is to en­hance the qual­ity of life for all peo­ple of the greater West Ch­ester com­mu­nity by con­tin­u­ing its long stand­ing com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional, recre­ational, cul­tural and civic ser­vices.

Types of do­na­tions most ap­pre­ci­ated: Board Games, gift cards to Wawa, Tar­get and gro­cery stores, Pam­pers and small stock­ing stuffer toys. www.melton­cen­ter.org

Stu­dents who helped dec­o­rate Toy Drive col­lec­tion boxes are vis­ited by Bethany Kopp and Dave Fair­man of the Greater West Ch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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