Bradley Food Pantry rolls out holiday toy drive

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BRADLEY BEACH – The Bradley Food Pantry will take their duties an extra step in the spirit of the holidays, and rather than just feeding the already hundreds of families that they provide for during the holiday season, the pantry will provide Christmas gifts to over 600 children and counting.

The food pantry is expecting to serve 800 families or more for Christmas after serving nearly 800 for Thanksgiving. Sign ups for the pantry’s Turkey and Toys program is still rolling until Dec. 15. This is also the deadline for donations of toys to be made. The pantry traditionally provides gifts for children as young as infants to as old as 12.

A week later, on Dec. 22, toys will be distributed to the families that have been signed up for the program with deliveries coming between the hours 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to Linda Curtiss, the pantry’s director.

This will allow the children to open their presents on Christmas morning, something that Ms. Curtiss said is so important to her.

“Every child should have something to open up on Christmas morning, we try our best to make that happen,” she said.

Ms. Curtiss also said that the pantry already has over 600 children signed up to receive toys and the pantry expects more as the deadline approaches. The pantry’s next-door neighbor St. James Episcopal Church often donates a number of toys to help the effort.

Other area churches and charities also help take the lead on toys along with community groups from the local area as well.

The pantry, located at 605 Fourth Ave., is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. During this time people can come in to sign up for the Turkey and Toys program or they may drop off donations to the pantry as well.

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