Pine-Richland organizations hosting holiday drives
Friday, November 22, 2019 | 6:01 AM
If you’re looking to make a child’s holiday a little brighter with a new toy, there are a number of opportunities to do so in the Pine-Richland area.
• North Hills Community Outreach is running its annual holiday toy drive and will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for kids 18 and younger through Dec. 11.
According to communications coordinator Jeff Geissler, the organization distributed toys to 940 children last year throughout their locations in Allison Park, Millvale and Bellevue. Through the organization, eligible families can “shop” at one of the three locations in order to find the best fit for their children.
The organization suggests board games, books, sporting goods, toys, blankets, craft kits, art supplies, movies, Legos, brand name hoodies and T-shirts and video games, and stressed the need for items for teenagers as well, including gift cards for clothes or other items, makeup and bath and body sets, earbuds, phone chargers and other phone accessories.
Donations can be dropped off at the Allison Park location at 1975 Ferguson Road, 15101, or in Avalon at the North Boroughs Office (Greenstone United Methodist Church) at 939 California Ave., 15202.
To be eligible, families must be at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines. For questions about donating, volunteering or receiving toys, call Vicki Burstynowicz at 412-487-6316, option 1.
• Pine-Richland School District also is hosting its annual Stuff-a-Bus toy drive through Dec. 4. The collection takes place at each school in the district and will benefit the Marines’ Toys for Tots through the 96.1 KISS radio station. Buses will pick up the toys at each school on Dec. 5. On Dec. 6, high school student government leaders, advisers and STA Bus Company will deliver the district’s donations to Robinson Town Centre.
Students have filled multiple busloads with toys in the past, including six busloads in 2018.
• Richland Township Parks and Recreation Department and The Lighthouse Foundation are once again hosting a toy drive. Residents are asked to take a tag and purchase a new toy, returning the unwrapped gift by 4 p.m. Dec. 6.