LCCS kicks off 2018
holiday gift drive campaign “Gives the Best Gift Ever”
TOLEDO, November 16, 2018:
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is once again
asking area residents to “Give the Best Gift Ever” this
holiday season. The agency is kicking off its annual Holiday
Gift Drive, which is co-sponsored by the Friends of Lucas
County Children Services (FLCCS) and several community
campaign is expected to provide gifts to as many as 2,500
children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Gift collection
began November 16 and runs through December 14, 2018.
The drive provides gifts
for children living in foster care, with relatives or with their
families under LCCS supervision. “This has been a difficult year
for the children of Lucas County. Our data tells us that abuse
and neglect continue to rise, in no small part to the incidence
of substance abuse in our community. Giving these children a
reason to smile at the holiday season is really important. Lucas
County residents have been very generous in the past, and we
hope they will continue that tradition of giving,” said Robin
Reese, LCCS executive director.
The gift drive provides
toys for children from birth to age 18. While we are seeking
gifts for all age groups, the agency is in particular need of
gifts for children of all ethnic groups who are newborn to 3
years old, and gift cards for teenagers.
Several generous community
partners are again stepping up to support the gift drive. Key
sponsors include: PNC Bank; Bennett Management Corp., a
franchisee of BURGER KING Corporation®, and La-Z-Boy; other
partners include: Allshred Services; Barnes & Noble Toledo;
Brondes Ford; The Countertop Shop; DANA Corporation; Franklin
Park Mall; Levis Commons; Teamsters Local 20; Toledo Auto Care;
radio station WRVF 101.5 The River; WTOL; and Woodcraft.
Local residents are encouraged to drop a new, unwrapped toy in
the collection boxes located around the community:
• Allshred Services, 3940
Technology Drive in Maumee.
• Brondes Ford, 1511 Reynolds Rd., Maumee and 5545 Secor Rd.,
• All Toledo-area BURGER KING® restaurants in Holland, Maumee,
Northwood, Oregon, Toledo, and Lambertville, Mich.
• The Countertop Shop, 9300 Airport Hwy.
• Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe Street, Toledo (pick an
ornament from the wish trees).
• La-Z-Boy Furniture stores, 5804 Airport Hwy. and 5173 Monroe
St. in Toledo; and 3316 Navarre Ave. in Oregon.
• Toledo Auto Care, 4544 Monroe St. and 5329 Heatherdowns,
• The Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd.,
• Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Highway, Toledo.
• WTOL studios, 730 N. Summit St., Toledo.
The Barnes & Noble
Booksellers at 4940 Monroe Street in Toledo has designated
the LCCS Holiday Gift Drive as the recipient of its 2018
holiday book donation campaign, which encourages customers to
purchase books to be donated to the gift drive.
Several special events are being scheduled to encourage
Toledo-area residents to support the gift drive:
Hensville Tree Lighting:
Visitors to the downtown Hensville tree lighting on Monroe
Street on Saturday, November 17, are encouraged to donate a new,
unwrapped toy at one of the donation stations in the Hensville/St.
Clair St. corridor.
Levis Commons Tree Lighting:
Levis Commons in Perrysburg begins its holiday season with a
tree lighting on November 17 at 6 p.m. Visitors will be
encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy at the LCCS tent and
grab a bag of popcorn to munch on.
Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo: The Toledo Zoo kicks off
its annual “Lights Before Christmas” on November 23,
including the ribbon-cutting for the renovated tunnel under the
Anthony Wayne Trail. LCCS staff will be on hand at both zoo
entrances from 4 to 7 p.m. to collect donations of new,
unwrapped toys for children served by LCCS.
Downtown Toy Drop
scheduled on Thursday, Dec. 6, WTOL will host its second annual
“Downtown Toy Drop” in its parking lot at 730 North
Summit St. from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. WSPD will also broadcast
live throughout the day. Everyone is encouraged to drive through
and donate a new, unwrapped toy to the LCCS drive.
“Shred for a Toy”
day scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 8, 101.5 The River morning show
host Rick Woodell will continue the tradition of broadcasting
live from the BURGER KING® at 4870 Monroe Street (across from
Franklin Park Mall) from 1 to 3 p.m. Allshred Services
will be on hand to provide free shredding for up to five bags or
boxes of paper documents when you donate a new, unwrapped toy.
The public is encouraged to stop by and support the gift drive
during that time.