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November 29, 2012

Opportunities abound to help others this holiday season

The holiday season is all about giving. The act of helping out another person is as much fun (or maybe even more fun) than receiving a gift.

So put on some sensible shoes and get ready to “shop until you drop.” There are plenty of organizations in Cooperstown and Otsego County that could use a helping hand. 

Toys for Tots – Toys can be dropped off at several locations in the area through Dec. 14. Those locations are: Cooperstown Family Chiropractic, the fourth annual Festival of Trees being held Dec. 1 and 2 at the Lake View Room in Glimmerglass State Park, Key Bank Cooperstown, Clark Sports Center, Community Bank (both Cooperstown locations), Brewery Ommegang, Bear Pond Winery, Hartwick College and Joseph J. Kenyon Insurance, Worcester.

For those people who do not have time to shop for toys, but would like to help the program, checks can be mailed to: Marine Corps League Detachment 227, 178 2nd St., Ilion, NY 13357.

Make sure to mark the check “Toys for Tots – special events.”

“We are looking for sponsors. We are looking for people to have toy drives,” the assistant coordinator for the Toys for Tots program, Dick Mayhew, said. “If they call me I’ll get them the information they need.”

Mayhew can be reached at 315-269-6479.

Anyone who needs toys for their children can go to to fill out a request. On the day of distribution adults will be able to select the toys for their children.

“The parents come in, show their ID, and then they go through the area,” Mayhew explained. “They pick out one large toy, two small toys and a couple of stocking stuffers.”

The Salvation Army – Needs volunteers to ring bells near their red kettles and people to adopt an angel from their Angel Tree Program.

“If they could do, preferably, at least a four-hour shift they could ring the bells for us,” The Salvation Army’s Captain Hopping said. “That helps a lot. That helps with our Christmas program, but it also helps year round with everything that we do.”

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