Toy and food drive kicks off at New Woodstock library

The New Woodstock Free Library, in conjunction with Project Caf and other local organizations, is holding a toy and food drive to benefit local families this holiday season. The drive continues through Dec. 6, and items can be dropped off during library hours.

Accepted items include non-perishable food items, and gently used toys, games, puzzles and books in good condition. New toys would also be a welcome donation. Project Caf will clean and repackage donated toy to be sold at CazCares. The toys will be sold at a significant discount during the holiday season, and can also be purchased with CazCares vouchers. Food items will be donated to CazCares by the library. Items can be dropped off on the stage in the main stacks room of the library.

"We are very excited to be working on this project," said Kelly Roberts, the library's children's services coordinator. "This is an excellent opportunity to teach our children the joys of helping others during the holidays. And really, the benefit to parents is two-fold. With the holidays coming people can weed out the toys their children have outgrown to make way for new toys, and help those who need a little extra help in these tough financial times."

A Volunteer Appreciation and Cazenovia Children's Art reception is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 4.

The library is open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, or whenever the library flags are displayed.

For more information, call 662-3134 or visit midyork.org/newwoodstock.

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