Volunteers needed for Helping Hands Toy Drive distribution

Jeff Robertson of Wal-Mart Super Store displays the collection box for new and unwrapped toys for the annual Rockwall County Helping Hands Toy Drive.Toys for ages 0-16 are needed along with gift cards for teens. The non-profit agency provides at least three new toys at Christmas for less fortunate children in our county.

Drop donations through Dec 1o at local businesses with collection bins

(ROCKWALL – December 9, 2012) Santa’s helpers are at work on the annual Helping Hands Toy Drive, and your help is needed!

Collection of unwrapped new toys started Dec. 1 for distribution on Saturday, Dec. 15, to less fortunate families in Rockwall County. Businesses around Rockwall have bins to collect toys, and there are also Angel trees identifying the sex and age of children that will receive at least three new toys this year for Christmas.

The Toy Drive serves ages 0-16 years. It is often difficult collecting gifts for teenagers so $25 gift cards from stores where they like to shop are great for them. You can drop gift cards and gifts for teenagers off at Helping Hands, Building A by Monday, Dec. 10.

If you can volunteer for the Dec. 15 toy distribution, please e-mail our Director of Assistance and Referral at now. She will e-mail you instructions for the day and information about shifts. School age children are welcome to help, but they must be matched with a parent. Doors open at the RISD gym at1050 Williams St. after parents are registered and toys are gathered, sorted and made ready. Then parents check in and can select three toys for each child in the family.

Last year, Helping Hands provided – with your generous help – toys for 1,229 children from 495 different families. All of that was done in one great day – so we need many volunteers.

Please encourage your family, employer, neighborhood, church and/or clubs and organizations to collect new toys for Helping Hands (valued at $20 each).

They should be dropped off by Monday, Dec. 10.

Our toy drive helps a variety of families that are not able to afford gifts for their children for a variety of reasons. Some parents were laid off from long-time jobs, and others have suffered illnesses resulting in lost time at work. Still others have shorter working hours or unexpected expenses.

Please join hands with us to help our neighbors in crisis and experience the joy of making a difference is so many lives. It’s a way to make your time really count this busy holiday season.

For more information, please call 972-771-HELP (4357).

Submitted by Judy Evans.

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