ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Christmas is just five days away and as children mail their last minute letters to Santa, some area families are having trouble filling the space underneath the Christmas tree. Eastside Community Ministry is offering free toys for children in need under 10 years of age. Jamie Trout, with Eastside Community Ministry, says that while toys were being passed out this morning—more toys can be picked up from Eastside next week beginning on Monday.
“We’ve been able to bless around 50 kids for Christmas; and these are kids that didn’t make it to the Angel Tree for whatever reason—and so, they’re referred to us by the Salvation Army and we get them signed up. And toys came from McHugh’s Toy Drive again this year and also some secret shoppers; so we’re happy to be able to bless them today.”
Meanwhile, the Eastside Community Ministry Food Pantry is in need of Winter weather food donations during the colder months of the year.
“Our food pantry has been very busy—as you can imagine—this time of year. And so, we’ve been averaging about 250 households a month in our food pantry and we’re running low on soup. So if people are interested in donating soup; we need chicken noodle, tomato, vegetable—really any kind of soup would work. So, they could drop that off here at Eastside Monday through Thursday.”
For more information or to donate to the Toy Program or the Food Pantry, contact Eastside Community Ministry located on Stillwell Street in Zanesville.