This is the time of year that is especially stressful for low-income families. Winter is almost here so the need for warm clothing and boots is pressing. And with Christmas just around the corner, these families struggle with providing a toy or two for their children.
Fullerton Self-Storage is stepping up to help fill the needs of low-income families for the Christmas holiday. They are participating in the Baltimore County, Maryland, toy drive.
“We’re very excited to be involved,” said Kerrie Barresi, a manager at Fullerton Self-Storage. “It’s a great opportunity to help out someone in need, especially a child around Christmas.”
According to last year statistics, the Baltimore County Department of Social Services assisted over 6,700 individuals. While this is a significant amount of people that were helped, the department anticipates that the need will be even greater this year.
“We are in very difficult times right now, especially for children that don’t have an opportunity to open gifts during the holiday,” County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said at the kickoff. “We had a crush at the end of last season and it was difficult to meet the needs of all of those that needed assistance. We expect to help at least 7,000 this year.”
That is why help from the Fullerton Self Storage is so appreciated. They are a drop-off location for the toy drive.
People can donate a new, unwrapped toy at their place of business 7989 Rossville Boulevard during business hours of Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Fullerton Self Storage will make sure the toys that are dropped off will be delivered to the county’s social services office.
The social services request that donated toys do not exceed $20. (The average cost of toys in previous years has been $10.) This price range is not a huge burden so people in the community are encouraged to participate in the toy drive. Items most needed are infant toys, gifts for teenagers, and dolls of color.
Families that have registered with the social services will be able to “shop” at the three county social services offices located in Essex, Reisterstown, and Woodlawn.
Local business helping families in need. Park-Overlea Patch; 24 November 2011.
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