Junior League provides gifts for local children

Published: Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 1:23 a.m.
The Junior League of Gainesville hosted its annual toy drive at the Friends of the Library Bookstore.
Throughout the year, league members collect and donate new and slightly used toys from local agencies, schools and businesses.
A volunteer committee worked with more than 40 area agencies to distribute vouchers to organizations and families who benefit from tremendously reduced prices on toys.
This year, over 1,100 vouchers were distributed and 170 families participated in the event.
"The goal of the toy drive is to assure that Alachua county children are remembered during the holiday season, " said Cynthia Strange, committee chair.
Marlene Moss, a Junior League member, described the event as heartwarming. "The families are very appreciative and grateful to be able to have an opportunity to purchase gifts that they otherwise could not afford."
Special thanks are extended to the following community partners and local businesses whose generous support and assistance made the toy drive possible.
They are: Naylor Publishing, Millhopper Montessori School, Lawton Chiles Elementary, Play It Again Sports, Friends of the Library, the Gainesville Housing Authority, Acorn Clinic, Head Start and Publix supermarkets.
The Junior League of Gainesville is a volunteer organization striving to improve the quality of life for children from birth to five years of age.
The Junior League is a local non-profit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
For more information about the Junior League, call (352) 376-3805.

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