Tonawanda News — ”We’ve been successful with this,” said Dan Crangle, councilman and chairman of the youth, parks & recreation committee. “Townwide, it’s been run for 25 years; youth, parks & recreation have run it for 15 years.”
Crangle said social workers at the elementary schools, both public and private, are contacted to provide information about families who might need that little bit of Christmas help. Donated toys are sorted by age group and distributed according to that information.
”We’re talking a lot of barrels,” he said. “It’s a sight to see when you see all the toys given out there. They range from every price range. There are some giving people out there.
”There are a lot of families we put smiles on for Christmastime.”
Toy donation barrels in the Town of Tonawanda are at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.; Town Police Station, 1835 Sheridan Drive, Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome; Highway Department, 450 Woodard Ave.; Water Treatment Plant, 218 Aqua Lane; Wastewater Plant, 770 Two Mile Creek Road; Water & Sewer Maintenance, 525 Belmont Ave.; Building Department, 525 Belmont Ave.; Tonawanda Community Federal Credit Union, 257 Highland Ave. and 215 Delaware Ave.; Brighton Arena; Lincoln Arena; Youth, Parks & Recreation Office, 299 Decatur Road; Aquatic & Fitness Center, One Pool Drive; and La Hacienda Brighton, 900 Brighton Road.
In Kenmore, donation barrels are the Village of Kenmore Police Department, 2395 Elmwood Ave.; Village of Kenmore Department of Public Works, Elmwood and Mang avenues; Philip Sheridan School, Elmwood Avenue; Dollar General, 3170 Delaware Ave.
Adding to the early sights and sounds of the Christmas, the familiar red kettles — and their bell-ringers — are already out and about for another year.
The Salvation Army in the City of Tonawanda kicked off its bell-ringing campaign for Christmas on Nov. 2. This year’s goal is $160,000.
Major Celestin Nkounkou said there has been an increase in need for many programs, including food pantry usage, senior meals and those participating in youth activities. The Salvation Army serves 135 to 140 families a month, a 20 percent increase from last year, he said.