Donations Now Being Accepted
Loveland, Ohio - On Friday December 21st, The Loveland Initiative will hold its 15th Annual Christmas Toy Store. The Christmas Toy Store helps families who can not afford to buy toys and gifts for their children without assistance. Each year, approximately 200 children from low-income families in the Loveland area receive gifts via the Christmas Toy Store. Through this program, registered families “purchase” toys and gifts at a nominal cost. The Loveland Initiative encourages self-respect that comes from parents financially contributing—to the extent possible—to their child’s Christmas. This year, registered parents/caregivers will shop for gifts at The Loveland Initiative’s offices at 11020 Lebanon Road (inside Northstar Church).
The Initiative will accept donations of NEW UNWRAPPED toys and gifts for children, preteens and teens beginning November 1st. Donations can be dropped off at any of the Loveland City School District buildings during school hours. In addition to gifts, volunteers for pick-up, wrapping, displays and transportation are needed. Contact Tara at (513) 225-5017 or e-mail [email protected] with questions or to volunteer.
The Loveland Initiative uses the proceeds from the Christmas Toy Store to support programming and needs. Since 2001, proceeds have been used for the Tracy L Johnson Scholarship Fund which assists recipients furthering their education. Through this program, fourteen college scholarships—one-time awards of $1500 each—have been awarded to Loveland graduates. In August of this year, one scholarship was awarded to recent Loveland graduates: Ms. Sandy Sechang. She believes that one of the ways to empower people, and break the cycle of poverty, is through education.
The Loveland Initiative is a 501 (c)3 public charity, has served the Loveland community since 1996, and is located at 11020 Lebanon Road, Loveland, Ohio, within Northstar Church. With a mission to educate and assist low-income children and their families, it currently provides support families living primarily within the Loveland City School District.
Download the printable shopping list: Download SUGGESTED GIFT LIST 2012