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Every year the Open Door Foundation collects and distributes toys for children from families of less fortunate means to ensure every child will receive a brand new toy or gift during the holiday season.
This year some of the corporate sponsors of the Open Door Holiday Toy Drive have cut their funding for the program and the organization is looking to the community to help them bring joy to Open Door Family Medical Centers’ young patients. Donations of new toys, valued between $10-$20, are currently being collected through December 10, for children ages newborn to 14 years-old.
With a goal of collecting 2,500 new, unwrapped toys, Open Door is accepting donations at all Open Door Health Centers:
- Mt. Kisco: 30 West Main Street
- Ossining: 165 Main Street
- Port Chester: 5 Grace Church Street
- Sleepy Hollow: 80 Beekman Avenue
To make things easy, Open Door has also created online wish lists at Amazon, Toys ‘R’ Us and Kohls:
- Amazon.com: “Open Door Holiday Toy Drive”
- Toysrus.com: “#31745345”
- Kohls.com: “Special Days #1797131”
Monetary donations are also being accepted and Open Door elves will take care of the shopping. Checks made payable to Open Door Foundation may be mailed to Alicia Ward, Open Door Foundation, 2 Church Street - Suite 101, Ossining, NY 10562. Credit card donation may be made at: www.opendoormedical.com, please be sure to note “Toy Drive” in the comment box.
For those with a knack for wrapping, Open Door is also looking for volunteers to help organize and wrap the gifts which will be distributed by Santa himself when he visits each Open Door health center in December.
For more information about the Toy Drive and volunteering contact Volunteer Coordinator Alicia Ward at 914-502-1468 or email@example.com
About Open Door Family Medical Centers
For 40 years, the federally qualified community health center has served a multi-cultural community and has provided top quality medical, dental care and social services to the Westchester community, particularly the economically disadvantaged. Open Door has four centers in Westchester located in Ossining, Port Chester, Mt. Kisco and Sleepy Hollow, and will open their first site in Putnam County in the Fall of 2012. In addition, Open Door operates five school-based health centers in Port Chester at The Edison Elementary School, Park Avenue School, Kennedy Magnet School, Port Chester Middle School and Port Chester High School. In 2011, 47,245 patients were treated at Open Door, making 208,622 patient visits. In the same year 14,520 children were treated. Funding for Open Door Family Medical Centers comes from local, state and federal grants as well as private foundations and individuals.