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Ways for Kids to Give Back This Thanksgiving Weekend

November 20, 2012

I love this time of year when parents ask me, “Where can I volunteer with my kids?” You all are amazing to think of not only giving your own time, but teaching your kids what it means to give back.

I wrote a list of places to volunteer this Thanksgiving here.

But, if your kids are too young for the soup kitchens or to physically help out, a toy drive is a fabulous way to teach your kids that there are those less fortunate. And, the good news is this local toy drive is accessible this weekend (and until January 6th).

What better time is there for a child to show her thanks?

Your child can brighten the holidays for a needy child by donating a book or a toy to the Park Slope Civic Council’s 18th Annual Toys for Tots drive.  Just bring in any gently used unwrapped gifts for children between the ages of 2 and 12 at locations throughout the Slope.  All the toys collected are given to local organizations that work with families in need.

Drop off Locations:

Astoria Federal Savings (110 7th Avenue at Carroll Street & 459 5th Avenue at 10th Street)
Back to the Land Natural Foods (142 7th Avenue btw. Carroll Street/Garfield Place)
Councilmember Brad Lander’s Office (456 5th Avenue btw 9th/10th Streets)
The Church of St. Saviour (611 8th Avenue at 6th Street)
Citibank (114 7th Avenue at President Street)
The Community Book Store (143 7th Avenue btw. Carroll Street/Garfield Place)
Greenwood Baptist Church (461 6th Street at 7th Avenue)
Holy Name Church (245 Prospect Park West at 17th Street)
Assemblywoman Joan Millman’s Office (341 Smith Street at Carroll Street)
Assemblymember James Brennan’s Office (416 7th Avenue btw. 12th/13th Streets)
Little Things Toy Store (145 7th Avenue btw. Carroll Street/Garfield Place)
New Millennium Real Estate (443 4th Street btw. 6th/7th Avenues)
North Flatbush Business Improvement District (282 Flatbush Avenue at Prospect Place)
Orrichio Anderson Realty (302 7th Avenue btw. 7th/8th Streets)
P.S. 39 (417 6th Avenue at 8th Street)
Prospect Park YMCA (357 9th Street btw. 5th/6th Avenues)
Scottadito Restaurant (788A Union Street btw. 6th/7th Avenues)
Saint Francis Xavier Church (225 6th Avenue at Carroll Street)

(Additional collection points are being added)

Toys will also be collected at the Jingle Bell Jamboree at Congregation Beth Elohim (8th Avenue at Garfield Street) on Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m.