ELYRIA – For nearly 50 years, The Chronicle-Telegram has been collecting toys to donate to children throughout Elyria through the Not-Forgotten Box each holiday season.
With the help of local families, groups, businesses and individuals, countless Elyria children have been able to find presents under the tree Christmas morning.
This year, nearly 900 families, or 3,400 individuals, are in need of Christmas and holiday assistance.
The Salvation Army and The Chronicle-Telegram have joined forces once again for the annual Not-Forgotten Box toy drive, which begins Monday and runs through Dec. 18.
Here are some shopping hints for anyone considering making a donation this holiday season.
New toys and dolls for young children and items for children up to age 14 are needed. Gifts can include hats, mittens, scarves, grooming aids, cosmetic kits, pen-and-pencil sets, sports items, watches, games, puzzles, purses, gift cards, movies tickets, etc.
Donations should not require batteries and they should not be wrapped because they are distributed according to age and interest.
Cash donations should be made as soon as possible to allow time for The Chronicle`s Secret Santas to shop for toys before the distribution date.
Checks may be made payable to The Chronicle-Telegram`s Not-Forgotten Box toy drive, 225 East Ave., Elyria OH 44035.
Donations for the Not-Forgotten Box will be accepted
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at The Chronicle-Telegram, 225 East Ave., Elyria.
Donors should bring new, unwrapped toys to The Chronicle`s Third Street entrance during the week. Saturday donations may be made at The Chronicle`s new circulation entrance adjacent to the rear parking lot between Second and Third streets.
Donations also may be made at the Salvation Army 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Salvation Army`s Christmas Castle is at the Elyria Salvation Army, 716 Broad St., Elyria.
The Chronicle-Telegram will sponsor several special Drive-through, Drop-off Donation Days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 in the back parking lot. More details will be announced closer to the dates of the events.
Groups or individuals who wish to have photographs taken at the newspaper offices while making their donation should call at least three days in advance to schedule an appointment. No walk-in photos will be taken this year.
Appointments will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Photos will be taken through Dec. 14.
Due to space constraints, group size is limited to a maximum of eight children or six adults. Large groups that wish to have a photo taken should select representatives for the photo.
Photo submissions from groups may be considered, however, publication will be dependent on photo reproduction quality. Provided group photos may be submitted via e-mail to ctnews@chroniclet.
com. All group members must be identified in a submitted photo.
To make an appointment for a photograph, call Paulanne Oakes at 329-7155 or 653-6263.
The Chronicle will publish the names of nonphotographed members of donating groups in the donor`s list portion of the paper during the holiday season.
In addition to toys for the Not-Forgotten Box and the Christmas Castle, The Salvation Army also accepts direct donations for funding its community resource programs during the holidays as well as year-round. Turkeys, hams, food and cash donations may be made to the organization directly at 716 Broad St., Elyria.
Volunteer bell-ringers are still needed to man the donation kettles this year.
To volunteer or to make a direct donation, call the Salvation Army at 323-2026.