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Homeless shelter is collecting toys for annual giveaway Dec. 19th

The Ponchatoula Times of Ponchatoula, Louisiana

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The Season For Giving is upon us already! Every year at this time, while stores stock their shelves for holiday shopping, the House of Serenity starts their annual Toys Drive.

Ms Francis Sey more, Director of the only homeless shelter in all of Tangipahoa Parish, begins preparing for the Annual Toys Giveaway that takes place this year on December 19th. Underprivileged children from all over the parish are invited to the Ponchatoula Community Center to enjoy a hot holiday meal, and pick out their own special Christmas presents. It's the shelter's way of giving back to the community that helps them all year long with needed items for their residents.

"Last year we served over 260 children from ages one to 16, who came with parents or guardians to have an early Christmas," said toy drive coordinator, Nancy Lowentritt. "There were more boys and girls aged 5-13 than any other age group" which gave the volunteers a good idea of what items to collect when people ask what can they donate to help the toy drive. They are seeking books, board games, toys, bicycles, sports equipment and anything else people would buy their own children, including monetary donations. New unwrapped gift items, and very gently used ones are welcomed, if all the items have all the parts and are in good working order. "If people prefer to give money, that's fine, too, no matter how large or small an amount, we can shop for you, and purchase bicycles, which are the most coveted gifts of all.

It's a huge task to gather enough for all the children! If you are a school, church, business of any kind, and you would like to help with donations, the volunteers will come pick up whatever you have to offer, unwrapped items or monetary donations. They can also place a donation box at your location, so customers can donate as well. "It can be a very rewarding and gratifying experience to help out those less fortunate. Let's make this Christmas the most giving of all," Lowentritt said. For more information or to make a donation, please call Nancy at 985-386-2068 or Ms. Francis at 985-351-1879.

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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2015

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