Many families in Medina County will have little to look forward to as the holiday season unfolds. To help make the season brighter, The Gazette once again is hosting the Not-Forgotten Box.
The Gazette is partnering again this year with The Salvation Army’s Christmas basket program for its Not-Forgotten Box toy and food drive.
The Gazette is accepting new, unwrapped toys 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 14 for children, infancy through 17 years old, and nonperishable food items. Donations can be dropped off at the newspaper’s front office at 885 W. Liberty St., Medina.
So far, about 100 toys have been donated by local residents.
Tax-deductible cash donations also will be accepted, and checks should be made out to The Not-Forgotten Box. They can be dropped off at the Gazette offices or mailed to: The Gazette, P.O. Box 4010, Elyria, OH 44036.
All toys will be distributed through the Salvation Army of Medina, at 425 W. Liberty St.
Suggested items for the Not-Forgotten Box are board games, sports items, basketballs, skateboards, Legos, makeup and cologne sets, curling irons, action figures, baby dolls, Barbies and Bratz dolls.
A food drive is ongoing as well, and those donations will be handed out by the Salvation Army.
Suggested food donations include peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, crackers, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables and fruits, cereal and one-pound bags of rice.