With Christmas just around the corner, the season of giving is in full swing. Although the holidays are often a time filled with family, friendship, gifts and happiness, the season can bring stress for many families in need. There are plenty of opportunities in Indianapolis to give back to help ease this stress and share some holiday cheer. The Recorder has compiled a list of a few places around Indianapolis to donate toys, clothes and more during this holiday season.
Damien Center: Damien Center is offering an option to sponsor an individual or family for holiday assistance. Damien Center will provide all sponsors who sign up with a wish list of items to purchase. Gifts can be dropped off unwrapped or wrapped at Damien Center’s main office, located at 26 N. Arsenal Ave. For information or to sign up, email holiday assistance coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indy Juneteenth & Toys for Tots: Indy Juneteenth and Toys for Tots is hosting its second annual Pancakes and Pajamas Toy Drive this holiday season. The event is Dec. 16, 10 a.m., at Resurrection Community Church, located at 2502 E. 38th St. They will be giving toys to kids and serving breakfast. For reservations, call 317-591-9019.
YMCA Give Away: The YMCA is accepting donations for their annual YMCA Holiday Toy Drive through Dec. 14. Donations will be accepted at all YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, First Merchants Bank, and Tom Wood Automotive locations. Pre-registered families will receive toys Saturday, Dec. 16 from 8 a.m. till noon at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Through the donation drive, YMCA aims to donate more than 6,400 toys to approximately 3,200 children in need.
Trustee’s Office for Center Township: The Trustee’s Office for Center Township for Marion County is accepting clothing and food donations for its “Clothing Food-Tique Closet.” The pantry is open to the public and does not require an application for access. The Clothing Food-Tique Closet is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with extended hours on Tuesday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
State Street Pup: On Sunday, Nov. 26, Free People Party is hosting a toy drive for Purpose 4 My Pain starting 8 p.m. at State Street Pub, located at 243 N. State Ave. There is a $5 admission to the bar with a gift donation. All donations will support Purpose 4 My Pain.
Menards Toy Drive: All Menards home improvement stores are currently serving as a toy drive drop-off site. The drop boxes are near the exit door of all stores. The stores are collecting new, unwrapped toys from now until the end of November. The toys will be distributed by local non-profit organizations. For more information, contact your local Menards store general manager. Contact Racial Justice Reporter Garrett Simms at 317-762-7847.