June 27, 2016

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Annual collection drives kicks off holiday spirit

Student Key Club members from the Medina County Career Center decorate Medina Public Square on Sunday in preparation for next weekend’s Candlelight Walk. Brad Wright, Key Club adviser and computer science/forensic instructor, wraps some greenery around a lamp pole, assisted by, from left, Jozy Ward, 18, of Medina; Julianne Zeleznik, 16, of Hinckley Township; Autumn Shepherd, 17, of Medina; and Lauren Koshel, 17, of Brunswick. Each year, the Key Club, a student organization promoting leadership, helps decorate the square, along with members of the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club and high school students. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

If you’re looking to spread a little Christmas cheer this year, The Gazette’s annual Not-Forgotten Box toy, food and clothing drive starts today.

The Gazette is collecting new, unwrapped children’s toys, clothing and non-perishable food items at the office at 885 W. Liberty St. in Medina.

The newspaper partners with the Salvation Army in Medina, which distributes the items to local families in need.

Lt. Michael Smith, Salvation Army corps officer, said action figures and dolls are popular with young children, and older children often ask for video games. Gazette publisher George Hudnutt said the Not- Forgotten Box toy drive seems to become more popular each year. Hudnutt urged residents not to overlook teens.

“Be sure to donate things for older kids, too,” he said.

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. 12.

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.

The Salvation Army of Medina distributes the toys and food boxes to families who need them in Medina County. For families who wish to receive a Christmas basket or food box, there’s still time to apply. The Salvation Army is accepting applications this week at its office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening hours 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at its office at 425 W. Liberty St. For more information, call (330) 722-6488.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

Suggestions for giving

For boys: Nerf items, WWE wrestling figures, Transformers, Gamestop gift cards, Legos, Hot Wheel cars, skateboards, watches, socks, basketballs and footballs.
For girls: Dolls, such Barbie, Monster High, Princess, LaLa Loopsy, Baby Alive and Dora; nail polish, make-up arts and crafts, purses, hair accessories; toy items: Littlest Pet Shop, Hello Kitty, Polly Pocket, SpongeBob Squarepants and kitchen sets.
For infants: All types of items, including diapers.
Food items: Non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, pasta, crackers, macaroni, cereal, canned vegetable and rice.