OSWEGO – There’s nothing quite like the look of a child’s face on Christmas morning as they discover their presents under the tree. It’s an experience that many remember for a lifetime.
To ensure that that scene plays out in as many Oswego County homes as possible, the Oswego County Children’s Fund has begun its annual drive to collect toys for less fortunate children in Oswego County.
Established through collaboration with Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Department of Social Services, United Way of Oswego County and Toys for Tots, the Oswego County Children’s Fund provides more than 800 families with children’s toys for Christmas.
The combination of everyone’s efforts continues to make the annual Christmas distribution a great success, with more and more families assisted each year.
Catholic Charities will pick up donations of toys (ages 16 and under) from businesses, organizations, or church groups who are interested in participating.
Monetary donations are also accepted for the purchase of toys.
The toys will be distributed through the Oswego County Children’s Fund, Inc. on December 18 at the SUNY Oswego campus. Families must be preregistered to receive toys and their visit will be scheduled alphabetically by last name.
Families interested in requesting toys for their children may do so by visiting Catholic Charities of Oswego, 365 W. First St., in Fulton; Oswego County DSS, 100 Spring St., in Mexico, by contacting Marcia Birdsell at 315-963-5478, or via e-mail at [email protected]
The deadline for toy applications was November 30, and any requests received after that date will be placed on a waiting list.
For more information on donating toys, non-perishable food items or to make a monetary donation, contact Helen Hoefer at 315-598-3980 or Birdsell at 315-963-5478.
Monetary donations may be mailed to The Oswego County Children’s Fund, attn: Marcia Birdsell, P.O. Box 496; Mexico, NY 13114.