MAAC, Medina firefighters put out red barrels for annual toy drive

Photos courtesy of Sherry Tuohey: Medina firefighters were at the United Methodist Church this morning to pick up 32 red barrels to placed in the community. Pictured, from left, include: Jacob Crooks, Steve Miller, Tim Miller, Adam Vanderheite, Chris Seefeldt, Aaron McKenzie, Bob Urtel and Cody Doran.

Posted 4 November 2019 at 1:26 pm

Press Release, Medina Area Association of Churches

Firefighters Adam Vanderheite and Steve Miller load a Medina ambulance for Red Barrel deliveries.

MEDINA – Firefighters this morning delivered 32 red barrels to locations throughout Medina and Knowlesville.

The MAAC bright red barrels have been placed in local churches, banks, the YMCA, Lee- Whedon Memorial Library, and many businesses throughout the community.  Donations of new toys, games, puzzles, books and gifts for teenagers are greatly appreciated.

The MAAC (Medina Area Association of Churches) Christmas program serves children up to age 18, their parents/guardians, and senior citizens age 62-plus.

Families may apply for holiday assistance at Calvary Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, 324 Catherine St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 7 and Nov. 14, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 at  St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1355 West Ave., Nov.12 and Nov.19, 10:00am-noon.

Applicants must bring proof of household (birth certificates, Social Security cards); proof of residence (gas, electric, phone, or water bill); and proof of income (Social Services award letter, SSD or SSI award letter, SNAP letter, or recent pay stubs).

Last year we served 250 individuals throughout the Medina community. This included 136 children, their parents/guardians, and 26 senior citizens.

The children receive age appropriate gifts and everyone receives warm hats, mittens or gloves, and socks.  Boxes are also packed with Christmas dinner which consists of a ham, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, and dessert.  Other various food items are also included.

This year the MAAC Christmas Program will have a peanut butter and jelly drive.  Donations may be dropped off at Lee Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave. Medina.

Christmas boxes will be delivered on December 14th between 9:00am-noon by our local fire departments.

Sherry Tuohey, chairperson says “this community tradition began many years ago as a toy drive by the Medina fire department. Today with their assistance and many dedicated volunteers throughout the community we continue to help make Christmas a brighter holiday for those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Cash donations noted “Christmas Box Program” can be mailed to MAAC, 536 Orient Street, Medina, NY 14103.

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