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Christmas Coalition Seeking Help from Communities

December 7, 2011

12/08/11 The Community Christmas Coalition is seeking donations from the community to help make the holiday season brighter for those in need.

The Coalition was formed by several local organizations and agencies in an effort to reach families or individuals experiencing difficulties and who otherwise might not review assistance for toys/clothes for children and food during the holidays.

The Coalition is made up of representatives from theMarshallCountyNeighborhoodCenter, Plymouth Community Schools,Leadership MarshallCounty, Shop-with-a- Cop, Boy’s and Girls Club and the Triton Christmas Project.

So far this year, the Community Christmas Coalition has taken in 480 Assistance Applications. Those working to fill the requests have been able to find sponsorships or monetary donations for 162 of the applicants, leaving 320 families to go. The efforts are being coordinated through theMarshallCountyNeighborhoodCenter.

According to Neighborhood Center Director Sara Hill, by using the community-wide networking system, they were able to assist every family that they identified as needing help last year.

They are accepting donations of new (wrapped or unwrapped) toys and clothes, as well as, food for meal baskets. Monetary donations will be used to purchase gifts/food for any families who could not be directly sponsored.

For more information, call theMarshallCountyneighborhoodCenterat 936-3388 or meet with staff at402 West Garro St.inPlymouth. Donations may also be forwarded to theNeighborhoodCenter’sP.O. Box 535,Plymouth,IN46563.

Carol Anders Correspondent