Here's how to help those in need
The New Milford Social Services Department has issued the following list of 10 ways residents can assist those in need this holiday season.
Adopt a child or family through the Santa Fund.
Donors will buy a new outfit and new toy/gift for each child.
For more information, call Nancy Camp at 860-354-3286.
Purchase gift certificates to pizza restaurants, coffee shops, movie theaters, teen clothing stores and Game Stop, or ITunes cards, sports goods or cologne to be used as teen gifts for the department's Sibling Shopping event held the first weekend of December.
Gifts are due Dec. 1.
Gift certificates in $10-15 denominations are sought.
Gather and give gently used winter coats to Social Services for distribution beginning in mid-November.
Coats and snow pants only are accepted.
Organize a food drive.
Non-perishable items should be delivered to Social Services in the Richmond Citizen Center on Main Street.
Tuna and other canned meats, soups, canned fruits and vegetables, stew, pasta sauce, peanut butter, cereal, toilet paper and dish soap are among the items needed.
Help neighbors cope with emergency needs by making a donation to the Good Samaritan Fund of Social Services.
Donations will go to basic needs support of New Milford families and special Social Services programs.
Purchase a gift certificate to be given to a disabled adult or Santa Fund parent at the holidays. Greatest requests are for food, gas or Walmart gift cards.
Purchase children's hats, mittens, scarves or gloves to be distributed with gifts at the holidays.
Donations must be brought to Social Services by Dec. 12.
Buy adult gloves and socks to be distributed to homeless and other struggling adults.
Hold a holiday party and ask guests to bring an alternate gift based on any of the needs listed above.
Purchase toiletries to be distributed to families with holiday gifts.
Items needed include toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, lotion and soap.
Donations are needed by Dec. 12.
For more information, call Social Services at 860-355-6079.