By RUTH OBERNBREIT & JUDY YAVITZ, SoJAC
We hope the WJC/Community Resource Center (CRC) Holiday Gift Drive of 2018 will make their clients a bit warmer this winter!
Adults: The adults are often last to get anything new, so in keeping with our theme, we are asking for donations of NEW colorful fleece blankets. We need close to 150 of them! They can be found in stores and online at reasonable prices. Please start looking for one that will brighten a bed or chair on a cold evening.
We are also collecting old eyeglasses of all types, including sunglasses, reading glasses, and prescription glasses for the Voluntary Health Program, a non- profit health care mission that focuses on medical and surgical eye care to under- served rural areas in the Dominican Republic. For one week every year the program provides comprehensive, on site diagnosis, surgical and medical treatment of eye diseases. The distribution of corrective glasses is also an essential part of the program. The collection box is at WJC, and the drive will go on through January 4th.
Children, ages 4-12: We are focusing on quality educational and fun activity books/sets for children targeting this age group. Ideally, we want to provide each child with a variety of three books, along with the markers or crayons to complete the activities as needed. There are sets/books that encourage creative thinking, using puzzles or word games, inspire story telling, often with magnetic boards/pieces, coloring books for all ages, creative crafts books, and books that promote adventure and exploration. Look out for Activity Books by USBORNE, an educational manufacturer from the U.K. that are of high quality. TOY BOX carries some, and many are on-line.
The following are not priorities, but we are still collecting:
Babies and toddlers, ages 4 and under: We are looking for warm hats, socks, scarves, mittens, etc.
For teens, ages 12 and over: We are collecting $25 gift cards.
To be matched to a particular age/gender or for more information, contact Judy Yavitz at: firstname.lastname@example.org