Daily Courier's Gift Club, Toys for Tots begin
The Daily Courier's Holiday Gift Club, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, is now under way.
The gift club will help provide needy children, mainly in the Fayette County area, with toys for Christmas. There is a special need for toys for children ages 8 to 12.
Anyone who wants to make the holidays a little brighter for a needy child is asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Daily Courier office, 127 W. Apple St., Connellsville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A Daily Courier photographer will take photos of the donors and their toys for publication. Toys will be accepted until Dec. 14.
Daniel Martin, Toys for Tots program coordinator for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, said that last year, Fayette County collected and distributed 6,000 toys to approximately 1,500 children. This past summer, the Laurel Highlands Detachment was awarded second place in Pennsylvania for its Toys for Tots effort.
Toy distribution will take place Dec. 19 and 20, Martin said.
For more information about the Gift Club, call Linda Keffer from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at 724-626-3541.
In addition to the Daily Courier, collection sites in the Connellsville area include American Legion Post 301, Bud Murphy's, Connellsville Area Senior High School, Connellsville City Hall, Connellsville Senior Center, Connellsville Township Elementary School, Hanson Aggregates, Highlands Hospital, Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School, Kathryn's Jewelry, Dr. John Ellis Eye Clinic, Lynn's Dairy Queen, Martin's Food Market, New Attitude Hair Styling, Scottdale Bank & Trust and Wendy's restaurant.
• Dunbar: Dunbar Borough Elementary School, Garry's Auto Sales, Laurel Highlands Family Dentistry, Laurel Mall, Pechin and the offices of state Rep. Deborah Kula and Sen. Richard Kasunic.
• Hopwood: AMVETS Post 103, Adrian's Market, Hair Unlimited and Hutchinson's Sportsmen Club.
• Lemont Furnace: Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Angelo's, Dr. Geary Veterinarian Clinic, Miller Yamaha, Nickman's Drug Store, Pa. Institute of Health and Technology and Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus.
• Mt. Braddock: Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology.
• Mt. Pleasant: Lynn's Dairy Queen, Scottdale Bank & Trust, Regional Family YMCA, Wal-Mart.
• Perryopolis: B & B Family Diner, Dollar General, Frazier High School, Randall's Restaurant, Save A Lot supermarket and VFW Post 7023.
• Scottdale: Aiello & Cobb Dental, American Legion Post, Scottdale Veterinary Clinic and Scottdale Bank & Trust.
• Uniontown: VFW Post 8543, First Niagara Bank Main Office, A-1 Printing, Autoland Hyundai, WJS Psychological Association Inc., Byer's Market, Candle Man Gift Shop, Centra Bank, Dusty Attic, Elks Club, Family Dollar, Fayette Bank Building, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County Courthouse (probation office and sheriff's office), First Federal Savings & Loan, First National Bank, Herald-Standard, Heritage Apartments, Hot Diggity Dog, Laurel Business Institute, Marshall Manor, Moose Lodge 20, Mt. Vernon Towers, Neubauer's Flowers, Neubauer's Station, Pennsylvania American Water, PTC, Rittenhouse Insurance Agency, Rizz's Restaurant, State Theatre, Sunoco A-Plus, Sweet Peas, Titlow Hotel, Uniontown City Hall, Uniontown Fire Department, Uniontown High School, Uniontown Post Office (Federal Building), U.S. Post Office, Waggoners-Ferens Law Firm, Walgreens, White Swan Apartments, Atlantic Broadband, Centennial Chevrolet, Gebe & Skocik Tire, Koza Dance Studio, Laurel Highlands High School, Mr. Tire, Otto Brick and Tile, Sensus Technologies, Domino's, Little Caesar's Pizza, Parkvale Bank, Potters Club House, Sam's Restaurant, Yum Yum Bagels, First Federal of Monessen, Ace Rentals, Applebee's, AT&T Wireless, Blue Moon, Bob Evans Restaurant, Career Link, Denny's restaurant, the office of Dr. Heather Vega, Dollar General, Dr. Baker Chiropractic office, office of Dr. Biju Thomas, Duck Hollow Discovery Day Care, Exxon on-the-run, First Federal S&L (drive-through), Byer's Market, Ford of Uniontown, Gabler Drug Store, Grand View Medical, Griff's Bar, Hampton Inn, Kmart, Lynn's Dairy Queens (Connellsville and Main Street's), Mark C's restaurant, Mt. Macrina Manor, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Rainbow Dreams Day Care, South Union Volunteer Fire Department, Toyota of Uniontown, Tri-Star Car Sales, Thurby Lincoln, Uniontown Honda, Uniontown Hospital, UPS, VA Clinic, Wal-Mart, Uniontown YMCA; Big Lots, Family Dollar, all at Uniontown Shopping Center; AT&T Wireless, Boston Beanery, Grotto Restaurant, JC Penney store, Sears, Marine Corps recruiter's office and TeleTech, all at Uniontown Mall; Dollar General and Ollies, both at Fayette Plaza, Giant Eagle supermarket; Family Video, Shop 'N Save supermarket, Advanced Chiropractic, Centra Bank and Save A Lot supermarket, all at Walnut Hill Shopping Center.
• Vanderbilt: Scottdale Bank & Trust.