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BRIGHTEN UP FOR THE KIDS TOY DRIVE
Brighten Up for the Kids is a non-profit organization that collects toys, gifts and monetary donations for kids who stay in the hospital over the holidays. They also send home a toy with each child who goes to the hospital for services, year round. The group donates to Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley. Drop-off locations include Youngstown Cycle Supply (6915 Market St., Boardman); HD Davis CPAs (125 Churchill Hubbard Rd., Youngstown); Trailside Bicycle Company (410 West Main St., Canfield); Stone Fruit Coffee Company (Boardman, Columbiana and Youngstown locations) and One Hot Cookie (Boardman, Youngstown and Niles locations). The last day to drop off gifts is Dec. 22. To donate money, visit the organization’s website. The collection runs through Jan. 7.
GIVING HEARTS FOR FRESH STARTS
Millwood, Inc. and Northeast Ohio Adoption Services are collecting donations for Valley families and children who are aging out of foster care. “Giving Hearts for Fresh Starts” aims to help those in need get back on their feet during the holiday season. Half of the donations will be given to NOAS to help children aging out of the foster care system, and the other half will be given to families that chaplains work with daily. Milwood is accepting houseware, nonperishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies, clothes, toys, baby items and Visa or Walmart gift cards. Goods can be dropped off at Millwood, Inc. at 3708 International Blvd. in Vienna or NOAS at 5000 E. Market St., Suite 26 in Warren. Items can be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 12.