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Bonnie Jeffries with Toys for Tots donations

Christmas is a time of giving and joy, but those less fortunate may be left out of the holiday fun. Toys for Tots strives to give back to families who can’t afford to get Christmas presents for their kids. In Brunswick, various locations such as Starbucks and Stages DayCare on Rt. 303 have donation boxes.

The donation box is where kids and parents can drop off unwrapped, unused, new toys they wish to donate. The boxes are at a station for about three weeks. Toys for Tots wants to bring together local community members to help as much as they can. The working staff of Toys for Tots are mostly volunteers and retired Military veterans.

At Stages DayCare, center director Bonnie Jeffries said that she believes Toys for Tots makes a “huge impact” on the kids who receive these gifts. She also said that it teaches the kids at her center to always give back to their community, “I love the company and how it helps people who are less fortunate,” said Jeffries.

Last year, Jeffries had an overwhelming amount of toys. She was excited to watch the box fill up several times. Ms. Jeffries’ center has been a station for Toys for Tots since 2012. Over the past seven years they have collected hundreds of toys.

Jeffries said that it's amazing what Toys for Tots can do for kids. She added that it is a great relief to the parents who don't have the money to get toys. According to the Toys for Tots website, Medina County donated over 9,000 toys and those toys have been donated to over 1000 children.

Anderson Mitchell, a sixth-grader at Visintainer Middle School, is one of over fifty student “backpack journalists” (grades 6-12) in the award-winning BEAT Video Program. The program is sponsored by Scene75 (www.scene75.com), Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Baskets Galore, Danbury Senior Living, Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, Medina County Community Fund, Brunswick University Center, Brunswick Eagles 3505, 100+ Women Who Care Medina, and the Brunswick Rotary Club. Go to www.thebeat22.com to learn more about the Program, or visit https://thebeat.viebit.com to view videos produced by the students.