MEDINA — A single mother in Medina County who had two surgeries this year ended up losing her job. She also was denied unemployment.
For the first time, she came to the Salvation Army seeking help because she was behind in paying utility bills, her water had been turned off and she had received a shut-off notice from the electric company.
Her story is one of several the Salvation Army is hearing this year and it’s why, beginning Monday, The Gazette again will host The Not-Forgotten Box to collect toys and food during the holiday season to benefit local families. All items will be distributed through the Salvation Army in Medina.
In the case of the single mother, the Salvation Army was able to make a payment to prevent her electricity from being turned off and worked with her, along with other agencies, to get her water turned back on.
When a Salvation Army caseworker offered to sign up her children for presents for Christmas, she began to cry because she had no idea how she would provide for them.
The Gazette will accept new, unwrapped toys for children from infancy through age 17 and nonperishable food items 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 16 at the office, 885 W. Liberty St.
Tax-deductible monetary donations also will be accepted, and checks should be made out to the Not-Forgotten Box.
Checks may be dropped off at the Medina office or mailed to: The Gazette, ATTN: JoAnn Traut, 885 W. Liberty St., Medina, OH 44256.
Suggested gift donations include Nerf items, Transformers, Legos for all ages, NFL items, dolls, nail polish, makeup, purses, Hello Kitty, Elmo, CD players, DVDs, handheld games, watches, learning toys, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, skateboards, cologne, remote-control cars, Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket and Dora.
Each year there is a shortage of items for infants and teenagers.
Suggested nonperishable items are peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, crackers, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables and fruits, cereal and one-pound bags of rice.
The deadline to drop off items is Dec. 16; however, if you are making a monetary donation, we would appreciate receiving it by Dec. 12 so we can go shopping for you.