Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 5, 2013

Making the season brighter

Three ways to give this holiday

The gift of warmth

The Andover Department of Community Services is sponsoring its annual Mitten/Hat Collection Program that benefits children and adults in Andover and throughout the Merrimack Valley.

New or gently used hats, scarves and gloves and mittens in all sizes are being collected throughout town at the Andover Town Offices, Center at Punchard (senior center) and Memorial Hall Library as well as at various schools and businesses. Donations may be made until noon on Thursday, Dec. 19.

All of the collection sites are identified with a snowman that says, “Please donate some hats, gloves, scarves or mittens to those in need. It is the cool thing to do!”

For more than 10 years, the children in the preschool group at Christ Church Children’s Center have visited the Town Offices to make their donations as a lesson in sharing. The preschool group walks from the school with their teachers and parents to learn firsthand about the importance of giving to others in need.

Toy drive to brighten holidays

The Merrimack Valley YMCA is collecting toys, clothing and books to be distributed to families across the Merrimack Valley this season.

Donors are asked to help bring a smile to a child’s face and spread holiday cheer to kids and their families by adopting a youngster and helping to fulfill his or her wish list. Companies and community organizations are also welcome to become a toy collection site by having employees or members donate new, unwrapped gifts.

All toy donations must be dropped off by Monday, Dec. 16, to the YMCA’s administrative offices at 101 Amesbury St., Lawrence. Drop-offs are accepted any Monday or Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed to lend a hand at the holiday wrapping party on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the YMCA’s administrative offices.

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