It’s hard to believe the time has come to begin thinking about and preparing for the upcoming holiday season. But with the kick-off of the 2020 Auburn Toy Drive last week, it’s clear the time is now!
What to Know
The program, sponsored by the Auburn Public Safety Department, is meant to help families in need within the Auburn community by providing Christmas gifts to children ages 2 through 8. Anyone who wants to register a child to receive a gift can do so now by going to the Auburn Police Division located at 141 N. Ross St.
Registration for the 2020 Auburn Toy Drive will be each Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. now through Oct. 28. To participate in the program and receive support, a parent or legal guardian must have a picture ID, the child’s Social Security card, birth certificate and two of the following three items: a current power bill, water bill, and/or a lease/rental agreement.
Pay it Forward
For those of you in the community who are fortunate enough to be able to give back, this is a worthy cause. It’s a good way to involve your own little ones and not just “tell” them about the holiday spirit, but to show them what it is all about. Let your children pick out an age-appropriate toy or game to donate and allow them to be a part of delivering the unwrapped gift to one of the designated drop-off locations.
Those include any of the Auburn Fire Division stations, the Auburn Police Division, and two remote drop points at Life Storage locations. There is one at 2020 S. College St. and one at 1231 Gatewood Dr. The unwrapped gifts will be accepted now through Dec. 5.
Please remember no monetary donations can be accepted, but any unwrapped, purchased gift is appreciated.
Can’t donate a toy, but have time?
If you happen to be in a limited financial situation yourself, but still want to embrace and demonstrate the holiday spirit, you can volunteer. Helpers will be needed to sort the 2020 Auburn Toy Drive gifts into age-appropriate categories. Delivery is scheduled the week before Christmas.
We all know how good it feels to receive a gift, but it also feels good to give a gift—especially to those less fortunate. The Auburn community believes in family and neighbors helping neighbors. If you have been considering a move, consider becoming a part of our supportive community at Shelton Mill Townhomes. To find out more about our area, check out our additional blogs.