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  • The Resource Center again coordinating Toys for Tots drive

    Coming off of a record year in terms of the number of children supported through the toy drive, organizers of the local Marine Toys for Tots campaign are counting on the community’s generosity to make this year’s effort a success.

    For the 19th straight year, The Resource Center is coordinating the Toys for Tots drive in Chautauqua County. Assisting in operating the campaign again this year are Chautauqua Connections, Inc., and the Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition.

    Begun in 1947, the Marine Toys for Tots campaign seeks to deliver a message of hope to less-fortunate children throughout the United States by providing them with toys for Christmas. More than 700 toy drives are held nation-wide each year. The Resource Center has led the local toy drive since 2001. Last year, 3,213 Chautauqua County children received gifts.

    This year, applications must be submitted online at www.jamestown-ny.toysfortots.org.

    Children age 17 and younger whose families meet household income guidelines are eligible for assistance through Toys for Tots. Applications will be accepted until December 9.

    The Resource Center’s primary mission is supporting people with disabilities. While many people with disabilities benefit from Toys for Tots each year, TRC also coordinates the annual toy drive in order to give back to the community. Though TRC organizes the toy campaign, support from area residents and businesses makes the effort a success.

    In addition to placing toys in the collection boxes that are located at area businesses, people can donate toys by attending the Jamestown holiday parade Friday, December 6, and placing their gifts on The Resource Center’s Toys for Tots float. On Saturday, November 30, the fourth annual “Teddy Bear Toss” will take place at Northwest Arena, with fans encouraged to throw teddy bears onto the ice after the Jamestown Rebels score their first goal. The bears will be donated to Toys for Tots.

    Cash donations also are welcome, as the money is used to buy gifts for children in age groups that typically do not receive a lot of toy donations. The Resource Center will host its annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at 200 Dunham Avenue on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 to 4:00, and proceeds from the event will go to Toys for Tots. People can also donate by mailing a check (made payable to Toys for Tots) to The Resource Center, 200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701.

    With thousands of toys being donated, organizers need a large warehouse space to safely store the toys. For the fifth straight year, Allied Alarm Services has donated the use of its facilities to store the toys that are donated

    Toys for Tots organizers are seeking volunteers to assist with sorting and distributing toys. If interested, phone 661-1042.

    Updates on the toy drive can be found by visiting the Chautauqua County, New York – Toys for Tots 2019 Facebook page.

    Area residents can support the Toys for Tots drive by placing new, unwrapped toys in any of the collection boxes located at more than 130 sites throughout Chautauqua County. Toys will be accepted until Friday, December 13. Here are some of the toy drop-off locations:

    Anytime Fitness
    Applebees – Dunkirk
    Ashville Free Library
    Aspen Dental – Lakewood
    Bemus Elementary School
    Bemus Point Golf Course
    Bemus Point Inn
    Big Lots – Jamestown
    Celoron Moose
    Chautauqua Childrens Gym
    Chautauqua Harbor Hotel
    Chautauqua Inst. Book Store
    Chautauqua Institution Main Office
    Chautauqua Mall
    Chautauqua Patrons Insurance
    Chautauqua Works
    The Connection
    CPL Team Architecture & Engineering
    Dollar General – most Chautauqua County locations
    Dom Polski Club
    Ed Shultz – most locations
    Edward Jones Financial
    Elks Club
    ERA Real Estate -all Chautauqua County locations
    Falconer School
    Family Martial Arts Center Fredonia
    Fancher Chair
    Farm Fresh Foods -Third St.
    Felice Corp. Center
    Fitness Bunker
    Forbicci Hair Design
    Fredonia Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram
    Gerber Collision
    Greater Chaut. Federal Credit Union
    H&R Block
    Holiday Inn Express
    Jackson Center
    Jamestown Area Federal Credit Union – Second St
    Jamestown Area Federal Credit Union- Lakewood
    Jamestown Rubber Stamp Co
    Jefferson School
    Karma Salon
    Keller Group -Lockwood Agency
    Kia of Jamestown
    Kirk’s Jewelers & Gifts Inc
    Larson-Timko Funeral home
    Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County
    M&T Bank – Falconer
    M&T Bank – Foote Ave
    Matco Tool
    Northwest Arena
    Panache Salon
    Piazza’s Carpet One
    Premier Listings Real Estate
    Pucci’s Carpet One
    Quick Solutions
    Red Lobster
    Regal Services
    Ring School
    Robo Wash – 2nd St
    Roots Salon
    RS Motors
    Serta Mattress Company
    ServPro of Jamestown/Olean
    Sheridan VFW
    Shults Accident Repair Center
    South County Office Building
    St. James Church
    Tanglewood Manor
    Temple Elementary School
    Tim Hortons – All Chautauqua County locations
    Tops – Washington St.
    The Resource Center – all locations
    UBS Financial Services Inc.
    VA Clinic – Dunkirk
    VFW – Silver Creek
    VFW -Westfield
    Wal-Mart- Fredonia
    Wal-Mart- Lakewood
    WCA Home Assisted Living Facility
    Weber Knapp Co.
    Woodforest National Bank
    Woodlawn Credit Union-Fredonia
    Woodlawn Credit Union-Lakewood
    Xplosion All Stars Competition Cheer Team
    YMCA – Jamestown
    YMCA – Lakewood

    The First Lutheran Community Outreach Store in Jamestown recently presented $1,000 to the Marine Toys for Tots drive in Chautauqua County. Pictured are, from left, Debi Brandi, Store Manager; Toys for Tots Coordinators Patrick Smeraldo, Independent Service Coordinator with Chautauqua Connections, Inc., and Terri Johnson, TRC’s Director of Employment and Community-Based Services; Jane Young, a TRC employee and member of First Lutheran Church; and Pastor Daniel Nagle.

    200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701