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Wagon of goodwill

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Published 1:00 am, Wednesday, December 15, 2004
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Veterans collection

The New Fairfield Veterans will collect these items for hospitalized veterans at the Senior Center on Sundayfrom noon to 3 p.m. ŸCookies (regular and sugar free.) ŸSmall recreational items. ŸMonetary donations for hospital store. ŸToiletries. ŸNew or gently used clothes.

Toy drive Bob Sharp Nissan, 978 Danbury Road in Wilton, will have a toy drive through Dec. 21 to benefit the families of the Head Start of Northern Fairfield County program. Toys can also be dropped off at the Head Start office, 7 Sherman Turnpike in Danbury. For information, call (203) 743-3993.

Adopt a family The Volunteer Center manages an Adopt a Family program that matches donors with families in need. If anyone is interested in helping a family, call (203) 797-1154 or send an e-mail to volunteers@volunteerdanbury.org. Putnam County drive Putnam Community Action Program in collaboration withthe Putnam County Sheriff's Department, the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots and the Putnam County Department of Social Services requests asssistance with its December holiday toy and gift program. New and unwrapped toys, clothing and other types of gifts are urgently needed for children of all ages. The distribution of gifts will take place from the CAP Office at 121 Main St. in Brewster from Dec. 20 through Thursday Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 21 until 7 p.m. For more information, call (845) 278-8021, Ext. 17.

Collecting toys Prudential CT Realty in Newtown is collecting new, unwrapped toys through Christmas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 33 Church Hill Road in Newtown For information, call Jill at (203) 426-8426. Hockey food drive The Danbury Trashers hockey team will have its first food drive. Trasher wives will be collecting canned food for area shelters and food bank prior to Friday's game at the Danbury Ice Arena at 7:30 p.m. Each donor will receive a limited edition Danbury Trashers Christmas ornament, while supplies last. Patrons are encouraged to donate any non-perishable food items with an emphasis on canned soup, tuna and personal toiletries. The 7 p.m. game on Saturday will feature the "Teddy Bear Toss," with the proceeds benefiting the local Toys for Tots. Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to the game to throw onto the ice after the Trashers score their first goal. For information, call (203) 746-9561.

Food wanted The Danbury Juvenile Justice Center is seeking food donations and accepts donations throughout the year. Donations may be delivered or mailed to 72 West St., Danbury, CT, 06810, but would also consider local pickup. For information, call (203) 791-9081.

Adopt a Family The City of Danbury Welfare and Social Services Department, 254 Main St. in Danbury is seeking donations or individuals interested in adopting a family. Donations of wool are also needed. For information, call Dianne or Kathryn at (203) 797-4567 or (203) 797-4569.

Toys for Children The Connecticut Children's Services is the primary provider of toys to underprivileged local children ages birth to 15 in the Danbury area. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off until Dec. 20 to The News-Times, 333 Main St. in Danbury or the State Regional Center, 400 Main St. in Danbury. Tax deductible checks can be mailed to CT Children's Services, P.O. Box 2811, Danbury CT. 06813. For information, call (203) 448-3510.

Gathering toys Trinity Productions is collecting toys or contributions for children in the greater Danbury area. Some ongoing programs are: Touched by Angels, Talking with Heaven, Spiritually Speaking and Kismet dinner gathering. For information, visit www.trinityproduction.org or call (203) 426-9448.

Toy collection Dr. Donna Boylan and team will play host to a collection site at Boylan Chiropractic in downtown Bethel for Toys to Tots to Teens. New, unwrapped toys can be delivered to the office, 2 Library Place in Bethel through Fridayfrom 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information, call (203) 743-2225.

Family & Children's Aid Family & Children's Aid is a nonprofit organization that runs Safe Homes for children who have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect. Top needs are: ŸPajamas - boys and girls - size 3T to adult. ŸSocks and underwear - boys and girls - size 3T to adult. ŸWal-Mart/Target gift cards that allow children to pick out their own clothing. ŸArts and craft supplies: paper, crayons, paint, paintbrushes, markers, glue, glitter, etc. ŸFoster parents - right now, there are children waiting for a home. Donations may be sent to or dropped off at Family & Children's Aid Inc., 75 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Pickup service is available. Please call (203) 748-5689.

Bethel Food Pantry The Bethel Food Pantry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bethel needs donations of nonperishable foods, hams and turkeys, and/or grocery gift cards. Donations may be dropped off at the church, 95 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel. For information, call (203) 743-1494.

Explorers Toy Drive The Danbury Police Explorers Post is holding its sixth annual "Santa Wears Blue" holiday toy drive to benefit local children who are victims of abuse and neglect. The toy drive will run until Dec. 22. The post is seeking unwrapped toys for children from birth through early teens. This year there is an emphasis on toys for children ages 8 to 14. Some locations of the dropoff boxes are: Danbury Police Department, Danbury City Hall, Danbury Public Works, McNally's Steak & Ale on Wibling Road, or by calling (203) 796-1572.

Borders book drive Borders will have a book drive to benefit Hanahoe Children's Clinic until Dec. 22. Participants can buy a book and Borders will wrap it and donate it or you can pick an ornament off the tree and choose your own gift for the boy or girl on the ornament.

If you have an event or holiday fund-raiser that you would like to appear in the Wagon of Goodwill, call Stefanie Rubel (203) 731-3338 or send an e-mail to srubel@newstimes.com.