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Help needed in Elgin community

Posted: November 22, 2017 4:17 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Elgin Toy Round Up and Caring Hands Project serves Elgin families and the elderly at Christmas time. They began serving families in 2005, thanks to Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown and his wife, Mrs. Kathy Brown. They have been wonderful role models and community members. Last year, the project assisted more than 65 families with 142 children and distributed 25 food boxes for Christmas meals, which included a ham and canned goods. They also provided fruit baskets and food boxes to more than 25 senior citizens. All candidates are screened for need.  They must not receive assistance from other charities.

This year, Stover Middle School, in partnership with Blaney Elementary and Doby’s Mill Elementary, will collect donations and host an assembly to display and celebrate our school and community collection efforts. Students from Stover Middle as well as from Blaney Elementary and Doby’s Mill Elementary will also attend and participate in the assembly, which is December 14 at 9 a.m. in the Stover gym. The assembly is open to the public.

We are asking the community of Elgin to help in our collection efforts. We are collecting canned goods, new toys, stockings and stuffers for children-from babies to high school students, books, and monetary donations. Donations can be dropped off at Stover Middle School’s front office.

I know at this time we are being asked to donate to many deserving charities, but this project serves our citizens in need right here in Elgin. We hope that the Elgin community will join our efforts.

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