ELYRIA — The weeklong race to the finish has begun for The Chronicle-Telegram’s Not-Forgotten Box.
There will be a drive-through donation drop-off 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the rear parking lot of The Chronicle.
Members of the Midview Air Force Junior ROTC will help collect donations.
Plus, 50 Christmas stockings will be available to be personalized with a child’s name by Becky Townsend, who runs the Air Brush Lady.
Townsend said the stockings were donated by Greg White of White’s Auto Care.
Four dozen cookies donated by Invest Elyria will make today’s event a little sweeter, said Lucy Goldsmith, customer service manager for The Chronicle.
There are about 1,100 children signed up for this year’s program through the Elyria Salvation Army. The deadline to signup was in October.
Toy distribution will be Dec. 20 and 21 at assigned times.
The newspaper and the Salvation Army have a goal of 8,000 toys by Friday’s deadline, which is early this year.
The toy count stood at 2,782 Friday, but Goldsmith said she wasn’t worried — yet.
“Every year everyone worries, but this is a very caring community — we’re going to make it,” Goldsmith said.
Toys also may be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through 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.
This is the 54th year the newspaper has led the drive to collect holiday gifts for area children.
Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.