Season of Giving: Toy Donations Needed for Slidell Youth Giveaways

November’s Season of Thanks is almost over, with Thanksgiving right around the corner keep in mind the following groups that are collecting toys to giveaway during December’s Season of Giving.

Adding an extra toy to your Black Friday shopping list can be a great teaching opportunity to show children Christmas is not only about receiving.

Connect with one of these self-less organizations this holiday season.

ST TAMMANY TOYS FOR TOTS

Toys forTots

A non-profit organization chartered in 1978 to provide Christmas gifts for children from economically challenged families in St. Tammany Parish. Serving more than 2,500 children each year at their annual toy giveaway, the organization is bus year long raising money, buying toys, and giving away thousands each year.

Donations

Unopened toys can be dropped off through December 4th at 1) Marguerite’s Cakes 125 Commercial Square Slidell 70461 or 2) Kidz Klubhouse 688 I-10 Service Rd Slidell 70461.

Monetary donations can be made via PayPal.

Volunteers

Volunteer elves are needed for toy assembly on Friday, December 4th, at Slidell Junior High Gymnasium. We will begin at 6pm, setting up tables, moving toys from the “North Pole”, and assembling everything from kitchen sets to bicycles. Service hours are available! Available trucks and vans are desperately needed on December 4th to transport toys.

Giveaway Day

Annual Giveaway to be held December 5, 2015 at 9 AM @ Slidell Junior High Gymnasium on Pennsylvania Ave.

All children MUST present a ticket for entry, Due to a decrease in donations, ONLY CHILDREN FROM THE CITY OF SLIDELL will be admitted. Tickets will be distributed at local elementary schools to students on the Free Lunch Program. The parents of children who are below school age MUST present proof of Slidell residency to be admitted.

 

ST TAMMANY PROJECT CHRISTMAS

Project Christmas

A charitable corporation which operates on donations of money and gifts from public and private agencies, businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals.

St. Tammany Project Christmas was established in 2002 to give needy children in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana a complete Christmas. Along with gifts for the children, the family receives food, including a gift certificate for a ham, or turkey to share for their family’s Christmas meal. Children are accepted for the program if their families qualify under Federal poverty guidelines and the organization consults with other local charities to avoid duplication of services.

Donations are being collected December 7th & 8th, distributing on Saturday December 12th.

In 2014, 1512 children from nearly 624 families and 47 seniors across St. Tammany Parish were adopted with a monetary value of toys and cash donations estimated in excess of $140,000. Over 20,000 children have received Christmas gifts since the organization’s inception.

Become A Project Christmas Partner

St. Tammany Project Christmas has been able to operate with donations of money and gifts from local businesses, churches, service groups and individuals. This year we are expecting an increase in recipients due to the economic woes and we need your help more than ever. You can become a Project Christmas Partner by adopting a child or family or making a financial donation in order for us to be able to purchase gifts and food for a Christmas dinner.

Call 985-259-5770 for more information on adopting a child or family or send your tax deductible donation to P.O. Box 4043, Slidell, LA 70459. Please make check payable to St. Tammany Project Christmas.

 

TOYS FROM COPS

Toys From Cops

The Slidell Police Association will be hosting its 5th annual Toys From Cops events for 2015. Our goal this Christmas season is to provide very special Christmas memories to dozens of Slidell’s ill, in-need, and impoverished children, as well as children of disabled or deployed military families.

As in our tradition, Christmas Elves will assist Santa Claus and Mrs. Clause in handing out specially handpicked and wrapped toys during several Christmas Parties throughout Slidell. Photos will be taken, music will be played, and food will be served all in the effort to bring smiles to those little ones who still believe in the magic of Santa.

Donations

We are looking for new, unwrapped toys from ages of 0-13 prior to December 6th. Anyone can drop off donations at the Slidell Police Department, 2nd floor, and ask for Detective Deckelman, Detective McNulty, Detective Seymour, or Sergeant Irwin.

We are looking to our local citizens and business to help assist us by December 1st, in raising money, providing items for a silent auction, or providing unwrapped toys to create this special Christmas memory for these children. Donations may be considered a tax deduction (Tax EIN# 22-3902640).

If you feel it in your heart to make a donation, please contact Slidell Police Association President Michael Deckelman at 985-960-1525 or email him at mdeckelman@slidellpd.com.