NOVEC HELPS is collecting new toys for children and new gifts for teenagers for the Northern Virginia Family Service's Gifting for Families program and the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive.
“Stocking our Gifting for Families toy closet with toys designed to foster creativity, learning and fun brings holiday cheer to 2,200 children in NVFS programs. Support from NOVEC and its employees truly brightens the holidays for these children and their families!” shares Sarah Crosley, NVFS director of events. Crosley suggests several items for teens, including science kits, sports equipment, and even movie tickets.
“The Toys for Tots Foundation always receives toys for toddlers and children under 10, but they also need gifts for older children who often watch their younger brothers and sisters open gifts while there’s little for them,” notes Jim Chesley, vice chairman of NOVEC’s board of directors. Chesley and the Clifton Lions Club and Dominion Cruisers are working with NOVEC HELPS on the drive. For older children, he suggests donating such items as books, backpacks, board games, bath gift sets, hand-held electronics, and winter hats, scarves, and gloves.
New unwrapped toys and gifts may be dropped off 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, until Friday, Dec. 7, at these NOVEC offices: 10323 Lomond Drive, Manassas, and 14500 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge.