ELYRIA — The Chronicle-Telegram’s Not-Forgotten Box toy count has finally broken the 1,000 mark this year — thanks in part to the giving spirit of Ann Sabo, her daughters and her grandchildren.
The newspaper has a goal of 8,000 toys by the Dec. 12 deadline, which is early this year.
Sabo and her grandchildren arrived at the paper Friday with their moms, Lori Widener of Elyria and Nikki Krischer of Avon.
Lori Widener’s husband, Brad, carried presents and kept tabs on a boisterous pup named Spike.
Maddie and Ali Krischer, and Brooke and Michael Widener brought a trunk full of toys including cuddly dolls and muscular action figures.
Maddie Krischer, 7, said she will be thinking of all of the girls opening their dolls on Christmas.
Her cousin, 6-year-old Michael Widener, said he will be thinking of all of the boys and how much fun they will have with their Avengers superheroes.
Sabo said she and her daughters have a tradition of doing for others dating back decades.
She said she took two tags off an angel tree and gave one to each daughter so they could choose a gift for another child in need.
Now the family tradition is to drop off toys at The Chronicle-Telegram.
Lori Widener and Nikki Krischer said it is a perfect opportunity to teach their own children the spirit of giving.
Lori Widener said she dreamed of winning last week’s Powerball in hopes of doing nice things for others.
Her sister, Nikki, said that spirit of the holiday season is truly precious.
“It feels better to give,” she said.
There will be a drive-through donation drop-off in the rear parking lot of The Chronicle from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Rachel Krych, the paper’s couponing columnist, will be on hand for a meet-and-greet.
This is the 54th year the newspaper has led the drive to collect holiday gifts for area children.
Toy drop-off is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at the newspaper.
Cash donations are also 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.