June 28, 2016


Give the kids a happy holiday

MEDINA —There’s a new holiday tradition kicking off in Medina.

This year, The Gazette will run a Not-Forgotten Box, a toy collection drive to benefit needy children in the area. Toys collected by The Gazette will be donated to Medina County residents served by the Salvation Army of Medina.

The Gazette’s sister paper, The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, started the effort in 1958, and the community’s support for it each year has made it a success.

The Gazette’s goal is to collect 3,000 new toys for children who might otherwise not get to enjoy the holiday season.

“It’s so refreshing to live in a community that supports our community in so many ways,” said Christine M. Smith, Gazette advertising director. “We take it very seriously to serve the county as we have since 1832. This extends that service.”

Already, the Not-Forgotten Box idea has been embraced by the Medina County community. One donor walked into the office and dropped off a check — before the drive even became common knowledge.

And while the main drop-off box is at the newspaper’s office, 885 W. Liberty St., there are boxes elsewhere around the county to make it easy to donate.

Other locales include:

— Boyert’s Greenhouse and Farm, 7171 Wooster Pike, Montville Township. Boyert’s also donated a Christmas tree to decorate near the Not-Forgotten Box at The Gazette’s office.

— The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 4691 Windfall Road, Granger Township.

In addition to collecting toys there, Lynee Bixler, spokeswoman for the agency, said the board is hosting a giving tree to decorate with other winter essentials, such as hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for those in need.

Contact Audrey McCrone at (330) 721-4063 or amccrone@ohio.net.