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Holiday help for B'ville families

— Grandparents raising grandchildren on Social Security income, families struggling with a loss of employment, one parent caring for children while the other parent is incarcerated - these are some of the challenges facing the unusually large number of local families who registered with the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau for extra help this holiday season.

To meet the needs of these families, the Christmas Bureau Committee is seeking donations of toys for children from 3 to 12 years old, clothing for children and teens as well as books. Donations can be dropped off beginning Dec. 1 at the Christmas Bureau headquarters in Smokey Hollow Plaza, 80 Smokey Hollow Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (until 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Donations may also be brought to the Baldwinsville Library, Radisson and Village Green community centers, and Legacy Apartments Community Center. Local businesses hosting donation boxes include Rite Aid and Walgreens drug stores, the Dollar General Store, M&T Bank, Riverside Gym and Olympia Sports, Fireside Inn and local hairdressers: Astonishing Styles, Studio 41 and Tracey’s.

For a list of specific requests for coats and boots including sizes, contact Christmas Bureau Coordinator Nancy Porter, 380-1335.

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