Area residents wishing to make the Christmas season brighter for those in need can do so through local community food banks.
The Harriston and Clifford Community Food banks partner with Leslie Motors to organize a Christmas Toy Drive. Contributors can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the dealership on Elora Street, Harriston, until December 19. Toys collected will be distributed to families in Harriston and Clifford with the assistance of Royal Canadian Legion branch 296 and staff from Rothsay.
Lisa Leslie, of Leslie Motors notes donations to the food bank’s Christmas food drive may also be dropped off at the dealership, or at regular donation locations.
Marion Agla, co-ordinator of the food bank in Clifford says donations of food and toys in that community may be made at the local library branch or the Royal Bank.
In Palmerston, local churches accept donations to a Christmas Toy Drive co-ordinated through the Social Action Committee of the Palmerston United Church.
Donations may also be arranged through the Palmerston Community Food bank by calling 519 417-4774 and leaving a message.
Barb Burrows, co-chair of the Palmerston Community Food Bank said the food bank has experienced an increase in requests for food hampers this year, due to the difficult economy and expects the demand for the toy drive to follow suit.
While food donations remain strong, “I expect maybe our cash donations will be down this year,” she observed.