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Markell DeLoatch, Public Opinion

CHAMBERSBURG – Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start buying toys, not only for your own kids but also to donate to help children from less fortunate families have the Christmas they deserve. 

To make that happen, the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg and local business Toy Box Gifts and Wonder are working together to host a Toys for Tots donation drive. 

It will take place during the Holiday Open House, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3. A Toys for Tots truck will be in Memorial Square to accept donations. 

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All donations must be new items. 

The Toys for Tots organization encourages people to think about what they would get their own child when considering what kind of toys to donate. It does not have a set list of items, so as to prevent a limited selection of items to distribute.  

Donations are not limited to just toys. Items collected and distributed through Toys for Tots in the past have included sporting equipment, hair and beauty supplies, electronics, books and board games. 

Toys for Tots does not accept realistic-looking weapons or gifts including food. 

All donations will stay local. Each child in need receives six or seven toys. In addition, each child’s parents choose the toys for their children themselves. 

The Toy Box, located at 42 S. Main St., has kicked off the event by donating five pallets of toys. In addition, Target will donate two pallets. 

Local businesses will also have Toys for Tots donations boxes in their stores, so anyone not able to make it Nov. 3 still has the chance to participate. 

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