Gifts for Canton Collection Runs Through Dec. 11
By John Fitts
CANTON – There might be just a few days left in the annual Gifts for Canton effort but there’s still many ways to pitch in.
Since 1995 the Canton Chamber of Commerce has led the effort, which involves collecting items such as holiday gifts, everyday essentials and gift cards to help struggling Canton residents. Last year, the effort helped some 60 families, which collectively represented 388 people.
The effort relies on donations from local residents as well as the help of partners such as ShopRite of Canton, The Canton Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Avon-canton, Larsen ACE Hardware and Jeannine Fund Raisers. The chamber also holds other fundraisers during the holiday season.
“The community is extremely involved,” said Jill Brandon, who is chairing this year’s drive.
There are several ways residents can still support the effort. Through Dec. 11, gifts can still be placed in the numerous donation boxes found throughout town.
And on Saturday, Dec. 10, there will be two collections. The Canton Police Department will accept unwrapped gifts, gift certificates and non-perishables at a “Stock the Cruiser” event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley.
That same day, the Canton Community Emergency Response Team will accept items outside of Ocean State Job Lot. That collection runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ann Gagnon, who founded the event and is still part of the committee, said items for adults are always needed. Hats, mittens and gloves, especially for men, are some of the most needed items, she said. Gift cards, for area grocery and other stores, are also in demand, she added.
The Holiday Gift distribution takes place the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Distribution starts at approximately 8:30 a.m. Proof of Canton residency is needed and food bank clients should bring their intake cards.
Anyone who would like to donate a gift card but can’t make the special collections – or those who have questions – can contact Brandon at 860-751-3862.