August 23, 2014

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Chronicle toy collection starts early

ELYRIA — The Chronicle-Telegram’s Not-Forgotten Box officially kicks off next week, but that didn’t stop employees of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce from dropping off gifts Wednesday.

Chamber employees stopped in as soon as they saw the Christmas tree going up and the Not-Forgotten Box in its usual place in the lobby of the newspaper.

“Christmas is all about the kids, and there are a lot of kids in need,” said Tony Gallo, the chamber’s director of business development.

Gallo and the chamber’s office manager, Kristie Lewandowski, brought in about 150 toys and other gifts donated by members of the chamber’s Safety Council at the group’s monthly meeting.

Not-Forgotten Box donations officially begin Monday, but the early donation was welcome because there are some early deadlines this year, said Lucy Goldsmith, customer service supervisor for The Chronicle and the Gazette in Medina County.

The Chronicle hopes to have all the toys by Dec. 12, Goldsmith said.

“Santa needs to have his bags packed by Dec. 14,” she said.

There will be a drive-through donation drop off in The Chronicle’s rear parking lot 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 24. There are about 1,100 children signed up for this year’s program through the Elyria Salvation Army. The deadline to sign up was in October.

The goal is 8,000 toys and other gifts, Goldsmith said.

Toy distribution will be Dec. 20 and 21 at assigned times, she said.

This is the 54th year the newspaper has led the drive to collect holiday gifts for area children.

Toys may be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the newspaper.

Cash donations also are accepted. Make checks out to the Not-Forgotten Box and mail or drop them off at 225 East Ave., Elyria, OH 44035.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.