Food and Toy Drives Going on Now

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Looking for ways to participate in the Children’s Center community? Check out these two food and toy drives and consider hosting one of your own!

Kendra Reed and Gabriel Larson showing off donations from Opti Staffing!

FOOD DRIVE: Now through November 10, 2018

During the month of October we double down on our food drive efforts so that we can give an extra bag of food to the families we serve in November, prior to the holidays. Needed items: peanut butter, canned tuna fish, pasta & sauce can or jar, canned meat, rice, beans, canned fruit, canned chili, etc. Donation drop-off: Mon – Fri, 8 am – 7 pm

TOY DRIVE: November 26 – December 19, 2018

Holiday gifts are a luxury and many of the families we serve go without. You can help make the holidays special for a child in need by donating a new toy. Donation drop-off: Mon – Fri, 8 am – 7 pm


Stuffed animals (new, large size): With the help of volunteer sewers we create cuddly, weighted, “Heavy Helpers” which are calming for young clients with sensory issues.

Personal items: toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, dish soap, and laundry detergent.

Healthy snacks: It’s hard to focus on therapy when your tummy is rumbling because you didn’t get breakfast or lunch. Suggested items: protein bars, peanut butter crackers, fruit leather.

Holiday gifts: Gifts for preschoolers to teenagers are needed. Suggested items: board games, sporting equipment, Koosh balls and “fidget” toys, movie passes, iTunes gift cards, locking diaries, personal care items, games, books, art supplies…

Donation drop-off: Mon – Fri., 8 am to 7 pm

To host a drive, contact Eileen Shine at and visit our blog post on How to Host a Donation Drive (in 6 Easy Steps)

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