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30 Days of Giving, Day 1: Toys for Tots

'Tis the season for giving and Patch is giving you 30 ways to contribute over the holidays.

For the next 30 days – every day until Christmas Eve – Patch will bring you great ways to help spread holiday cheer past your front porch and help people and organizations across the area. There are hundreds of supportive nonprofits in Oakland County with heartwarming missions; we hope one – or several – will strike a chord with Patch readers. We hope you'll take part in this 30 Days of Giving, and take the spirit beyond the holidays, because there is "need" all year long. 

Donate toys to children

While participating in Black Friday shopping, or making some local purchases at the independent stores to support Small Business Saturday, consider adding goodies for the Toys for Tots program to the shopping list.

Every year the Toys for Tots program strives to collect thousands of new, unwrapped toys to distribute to needy kids. There are a variety of drop-off locations for Toys for Tots throughout Oakland County. Toys can be anything from Barbie dolls, to puzzles, board games, toy cars and more.

According to one of Oakland County’s Toys for Tots community organizers, Rebecca Yarbrough, the goal is "to make sure that every kid gets a toy."

Throughout Oakland County several places will serve as drop-off locations. Here are the locations closest to Clawson:

Collection bins will be set up through mid-December. For more information visit www.toysfortots.org.  

Goodfellows local collection

Don't forget the Clawson Goodfellows are also collecting unwrapped, new toys for needy families. There are drop boxes at and . To nominate a family, to donate items or for more information, contact the Goodfellows at clawsongoodfellows@gmail.com or leave a voice mail at 248-407-5522. 

Do you have a cause you'd like us to write about? Please let us know in the comments or email me at nicquel.terry@patch.com.

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