The Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM), in a joint effort with the U.S. Postal Service in Middlesboro, is holding a Christmas toy drive for children in need. The cut-off date for donating toys and sweaters will be Dec. 16, with CCM beginning to bag items on Dec. 9.
Donations can be dropped off at the Middlesboro Post Office where a donation bin will be set up inside the building. Donations can also be given to mail carriers.
Toys and sweaters can be dropped off at the CCM, located on Cumberland Avenue.
CCM is asking for dolls, board games and balls for the toy drive, in addition to sweaters for boys and girls sized small to extra large.
Toys and clothes need to be new.
“Every child is deserving,” said John Day. who postal service employee who is working with the holiday project.
CCM’s Ashley Witt said there have been 70 families sign up for toys, which doesn’t include each individual child in the household.
Children taking part in other Christmas events such as Shop with a Cop will not qualify for the CCM toy drive.
Witt said donations have been slow thus far.
She said there are nine families signed up for help that they did not have last year.
Last year, CCM had a good turnout in regards to donations from the public, she said.
“We had a really good turn out last year,” said Day. “I don’t think any kids got turned away.”
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