Give back this hol­i­day sea­son with BCPL’s toy drive

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­[email protected]­

Last week, we spent the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day re­flect­ing on and be­ing grate­ful for all we have. Now, com­mu­nity mem­bers have a chance to give back and spread the love through the An­nual Con­nect­ing the Com­mu­nity Toy Drive which is cur­rently be­ing held at all 19 Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary branches.

Kicked off in early Novem­ber, the toy drive will col­lect toys to be do­nated to var­i­ous com­mu­nity-based non­prof­its through­out Bal­ti­more County.

All BCPL vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to leave new, un­wrapped toys in the clearly dis­played and fes­tively dec­o­ra­tive bins at all the li­brary lo­ca­tions.

Adrith Bic­chieri, the toy drive co­or­di­na­tor of BCPL, ex­plained that ev­ery year each branch gets to de­cide which non-profit ben­e­fits for the dona­tions.

“They’re look­ing for a place that helps to do the most good in the com­mu­nity and the best one that the com­mu­nity mem­bers should sup­port,” she said.

For ex­am­ple, the Es­sex branch li­brar y will be col­lect­ing for St. John’s Lutheran Church on Franklin Ave. which will be hav­ing a toy give­away on De­cem­ber 8 for fam­i­lies in need. The Rosedale branch li­brary will part­ner with the East­ern Fam­ily Re­source Cen­ter, a shel­ter that pro­vides mul­ti­ple re­sources for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in­clud­ing child care and child de­vel­op­ment spa­ces and low-cost health and den­tal ser vices. Toys col­lected from the White Marsh branch will be given to the East­side Fam­ily Emer­gency Shel­ter, an­other part of the East­ern Fam­ily Re­source Cen­ter, and the Parkville-Car­ney branch will be giv­ing dona­tions to the House of Ruth Mar yland.

“Each branch has dif­fer­ent needs and things they’re look­ing for,” said Bic­chieri.

She added that in 2016, over 1,080 toys were col­lected county-wide with some of the larger branches bring­ing in over 150 in­di­vid­u­als toys.

“While Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary strives to pro­vide the gift of op­por­tu­nity each and ev­ery day to the cit­i­zens of Bal­ti­more County,” said BCPL direc­tor Paula Miller, “it’s ex­cit­ing to as­sist in pro­vid­ing chil­dren with some­thing spe­cial and new for the hol­i­days.”

The toy drive runs un­til De­cem­ber 7. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.bcpl. com.

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