Ways to help this holiday season

Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:21 AM

- The local Toys for Tots campaign, organized by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, ends Wednesday, but there’s still time to help. Visit www.raleigh-nc.toysfortots.org to find the location nearest you to drop off new, unwrapped toys. The local campaign hopes to collect enough toys to give away three to four toys to each participating child this year, compared to last year’s two toys per child.

- The Salvation Army that covers Durham, Orange and Person counties has bell-ringers set up around town, but you don’t have to venture into the cold to donate. Add to their online red kettle at http://www.onlineredkettle.org/TheSalvationArmyDurhamOrangePerson.

- Sponsor a family through the Volunteer Center of Durham’s Share Your Christmas program by going online at www.thevolunteercenter.org, calling 919-998-8595, or mailing a check donation marked “Share Your Christmas” to Share Your Christmas, The Volunteer Center of Durham, PO Box 3374, Durham, NC 27702.

- The Durham Rescue Mission, a faith-based, long-term homeless shelter, is in need of 12,000 new, unwrapped toys for children attending the mission’s Christmas Toy Give-A-Way. The mission also is looking for turkeys, green beans and corn for the Christmas Eve meal. Toys and turkeys may be dropped off at 1201 E. Main St. before Saturday. For information, call 919-688-9641 x 5025. Donations also can be made online by visiting www.DurhamRescueMission.org.

- The John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham is holding its toy and coat giveaway event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NCCU’s LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex. Toys and coats will be accepted at the event. For monetary donations, visit gofundme.com/johnaveryBGCA or mail them to the John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham at the following address: 808 E Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27701. Drop-off bins for new, unwrapped toys and new or gently used coats are at: Fitzgerald Seafood Restaurant, 2105 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh; DTLR of the Streets at Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham; NCCU Campus Recreation, 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham; The Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at UNC-Chapel Hill, Carmichael Residence Hall, 101 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill.

- Welcome Baby, a local organization that provides emotional and educational support to parents and caregivers, is collecting boys and girls winter clothes sizes 4T up to size 8, as well as coats during its second annual drive. Program Director Melva Henry said they have collected about 225 coats so far for their Giving Closet, which provides free clothes to about 1,300 children a year. The drive ends Dec. 31. Donations can be dropped off at 721 Foster St., Durham, or visit www.welcomebaby.org for more drop-off locations and information.

- McDougald Terrace, a large public housing community off Lawson Street, is holding a toy and coat giveaway and Christmas party for its residents Dec. 21. They are looking for 80 more toys to give to the children in their neighborhood. To help, call Felicia Quinn, president of the McDougald Terrace Resident Council, at 919-641-9962 to schedule a pick-up/drop-off time.