1-day toy drive returns to Medina on Nov. 30

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 November 2019 at 9:07 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Pictured, from left, last November include Sherry Tuohey, coordinator of Christmas Box Program for MAAC; Annette Finch, Community Services director for Community Action; Michelle Figueroa, case manager for Community Action; Ronnie Barite, president of board of directors for Community Action; Andrew Szatkowski, toy drive chairman; and Shawn Ramsey, owner of Canalside Tattoo.

MEDINA — A one-day toy drive will be back for the third straight year on Nov. 30, which is the Saturday during Medina’s Old Tyme Christmas and Parade of Lights.

Toys can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Canalside Tattoo Company, 540 Main St. The toys will be distributed by Community Action of Orleans & Genesee, and also the Medina Area Association of Churches.

Last year the toy drive filled 12 bags with toys and also netted $1,001 to buy toys and food for families.

The money was raised through a Chinese auction, where for every toy donated or for every $5 given in cash, people get a chance to win one of 20 packages donated by local businesses.

Andrew Szatkowski serves as the toy drive organizer. He is putting together packages from local businesses. If they want to donate items or gift cards, they can reach him at ajs@takeform.net or (585) 205-0581.

The MAAC distributes toys to about 150 children and their families in the Medina area. The toys from the one-day drive supplement the toys given in the 30 red barrels that are set up at Medina locations.

Community Action is collecting toys and food for about 350 children in their families in Albion, Holley, Kendall and Lyndonville.

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