MEDINA –– Friday marked the final collection day for the annual Not-Forgotten Box toy drive, and it has been a great way for community members to give to those in need this holiday season.
Many people came in Friday to drop off donations before the deadline.
Christy and Jeremy Gabler, Medina residents, came to the Salvation Army of Medina with dozens of board games.
“We are donating through the St. Matthew’s Sunday school classes,” said Christy Gabler, Sunday school director at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church. “Our theme for this school year is about teams so we did a game drive.”
Gabler said they choose to donate to the Not-Forgotten Box because they knew the gifts would go to local kids in the county who are in need.
The Medina Gazette in partnership with the Salvation Army team up to hold the annual toy drive with one goal in mind: To make sure no child feels forgotten on Christmas morning.
The Gazette’s sister paper, The Chronicle-Telegram, started the outreach effort in 1958, and the community’s support for it each year was such a success the initiative expanded to Medina in 2009.
This year’s aim is to help at least 250 families with gifts for children and food for the holiday season.
This year’s collections as of Friday totaled 1,474 toys, 575 clothing items and 157 nonperishable food items.
Over the next few days, members of the Salvation Army will sort and organize the donations.
They will label toys according to the wish lists they have received from those in need. On Wednesday, families will be able to come to the Salvation Army to pick up toys, food and “shop” for donated coats for those in their family who need them.
“Well, I believe in the Gazette and I support them,” said Cheryl Riegger-Krugh, of Medina. “I do (donate) every year because there are some children who don’t have anything to open on Christmas.”
Riegger-Krugh said that donating this time of year is important because it helps those in need.
“Hopefully, it will help people remember what Christmas really means,” she said.