‘Tis the Season to Donate a Toy! E
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
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
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.