July 24, 2016

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Friday is last day to donate toys, food to Gazette’s Not-Forgotten Box

MEDINA — Friday is the final day to donate toys for children in need via The Gazette’s Not-Forgotten Box.

The Gazette is partnering again with The Salvation Army’s Christmas basket program for its toy box and food drive.

Liverpool Township resident Doug Smith, as Santa Claus, places some groceries into The Gazette’s Not-Forgotten Box on Tuesday morning. Smith has been playing Santa since 1972 at local nursing homes, day-care centers and churches. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

So far, about 1,082 toys have been collected since the donation drive began Nov. 23, according to Cindy Jordan, the newspaper’s customer service specialist. The goal is 3,000.

With three days to go, this year’s toy drive already has surpassed the 2011 total of 982.

The newspaper is accepting new, unwrapped toys 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today through Friday for children, infancy through 17 years old, and nonperishable food items. Donations can be dropped off at the newspaper’s office at 885 W. Liberty St., Medina.

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 or mailed to The Gazette, P.O. Box 4010, Elyria, OH 44036.

All toys will be distributed to children through the Salvation Army of Medina, 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.

Suggested food donations include peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, crackers, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables and fruits, cereal and one-pound bags of rice. Food donations will be handed out by the Salvation Army.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.