By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
DANVILLE — While some food and clothing have been received, Danville’s ballroom is expected to be full by the time the distribution day for needy families rolls around.
Tuesday was the start of receiving items for the Community Christmas Tree Program which is in about its 63rd year.
Items can be donated from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays in the ballroom to the rear of 239 Mill St.
Collection boxes have been placed in area businesses, organizations, fire companies, the Montour County Courthouse and schools.
Items needed include casual wear in excellent condition for men such as jeans, sweatshirts, long-sleeve shirts, winter coats, shoes and socks and especially large sizes, women’s clothing such as jeans, slacks, sweatshirts, coats, sweaters and tops, especially large sizes and children’s coats, hats, mittens, boots, winter clothing and infant supplies.
Blankets and bedding for all ages are needed, said Nancy Fritz, volunteer in charge of the clothing collection. Assisting her is another volunteer — Michele Crossley.
No summer clothing will be accepted.
New or used toys in excellent condition are needed.
Also needed are nonperishable foods. Food is always needed, said Program Chairman Wilbur “Red” Swank.
Monetary donations, to buy foods including eggs, bread, butter and turkeys, should be made payable to the Community Christmas Tree and mailed or taken to Santander Bank, which is the former Sovereign Bank, at 101 Mill St.
Donations should be received by Dec. 14.
Swank said the program, last year, provided food for a holiday dinner, warm clothing and gifts to 435 families compared with 390 families in need the previous year.
“We expect more this year due to the economic conditions,” said Swank, who has served as chairman for many years.
The program helps the less fortunate in the Danville Area School District.
Anyone in need should call the Montour County Human Services Office at 570-271-3028 through Dec. 13.
Distribution to the families will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 20.
Vreelands Harley Davidson is expected to deliver toys for the program Dec. 8.
Clothing and toys leftover from the distribution will be available to anyone who wants them from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 28 in the ballroom.
“We want people to come and take them so we don’t have to pack them away,” Fritz said. She said people can be from anywhere to take advantage of the free items.
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