Great Ways To Help Others During The Holidays

Newark Police Department
Newark Police Department

Toys For Tots – Wilmington Fire Department

The Wilmington Fire Department 39th Academy is sponsoring a food and toy drive benefitting Lutheran Community Services and Toys For Tots . The recruits will be on hand ringing the Christmas bell for Salvation Army along with collecting can goods and toys Saturday, December 16th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Trolley Square Acme. Please stop by and show your support. Thank you be safe.

Food For Fines

County libraries annual “Food for Fines” collecting food, forgiving late fees through December 16
1,100 library card holders took advantage of last year’s amnesty, saved $5,700 in fines

New Castle, DE – New Castle County libraries are forgiving library fines up to $25 while collecting food for the needy during its third annual “Food for Fines” amnesty, which continues through Saturday. Overdue fine forgiveness is offered as a holiday gift to any patron who visits a New Castle County Library during normal business hours through December 16 and presents his or her county library card at the circulation desk, along with a qualified food donation (maximum of 25 donated food items). For each item donated, $1.00 of overdue fines is removed from the patron’s account. Food donations collected this week will support AFSCME Local Union 459 Needy Family Fund’s annual Holiday Food Drive.

 

Libraries are accepting food donations not only from patrons seeking library fine forgiveness but also from other members of the community. All kinds of unexpired canned goods and other nonperishable food items are welcomed in unopened, unbreakable packages and may be donated anytime during library hours in bins placed near libraries’ entrances.

Fine forgiveness is offered for overdue fines only. Patron accounts with charges for lost, billed or damaged items cannot use the amnesty program to cover those items. Food for Fines ends when the library closes on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Christmas is quickly approaching. For some, this time of year is another financial hardship. Donations can be made outside of most grocery stores in the state.  The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign makes it easy for you to find, just listen for the ringing bell.

The Salvation Army also distributes toys, clothes, and other gifts through our Holiday Toy Shoppe. For families in need, the have Salvation Army Angel Trees at both the Christiana and Concord Malls. This will allow shoppers to pick a name and gift to purchase. Children receive the gifts based on their wish list. Through this program, the try to ensure every child has a gift on Christmas morning. The Angel Tree runs November 13 through December 17.

Food Bank of Delaware 

The Food Bank of Delaware relies on the generosity of the community to help feed hungry people. The Food Bank solicits, warehouses and distributes food through a network of 536 hunger-relief program partners. Their partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and other community food providers. In turn, agencies prepare balanced, nutritious meals or distribute food items to those with limited resources. Please help us feed more hungry Delawareans by donating to the Food Bank of Delaware.

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