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Artic Mission to Hold 8th Annual Christmas Toy Days

The holiday toy drive collects toys for more than 300 local children in need.

 

On December 8 and 9, the Artic Mission will hold its 8th Annual Christmas Toy Days to benefit local children in need.

According to Executive Director Charlie Nault, the event provides five or six toys each to more than 300 local children who might not receive them otherwise.

"A number of things make the event very different from other toy drives, each aligned with our commitment to the family unit, and to the dignity of each parent," said Nault in a recent letter about the event:

  • Parents register in advance, and commit to earning points through our system of life-enhancing classes and activities. There is no dignity in a hand-out, and no shame in a hand-up, so that’s how we’ve designed our unique system.
  • We stock our stores with toys, so parents get to choose their childrens’ gifts, and also allow the kids to shop for their parents in a separate store and wrap the presents, so they are occupied while their parents shop.
  • We allow parents the option of having our volunteers wrap the kids presents, or of taking the presents home, in thick plastic bags with wrapping paper and tape, to wrap them themselves. In either case, we encourage the family to put the gifts under their tree and enjoy the joy of Christmas in their own home.

More than 100 volunteers, many of whom work for weeks in advance, are involved with Toy Days, but the drive cannot be successful without the donation of thousands of toys. Nault explains that many of them come from toy collection boxes placed in businesses all over the state and the remainder are bought with money donated to the Toy Days.

The following is a list of drop-off locations for the 8th Annual Artic Mission Toy Days:

Coventry:

Town Hall - Flat River Road

Dept. of Public Works - Flat River Road

Stop & Shop - Tiogue Ave

Central Coventry Fire Department (Arnold Road Station)

Olde Theater Diner - Sandy Bottom Road

West Warwick:

Millonzi Bar & Grill - Curson St

Bill's Pizza - Main St (Harris)

Ferrucci NY System - Main St

Creative Nails - Main St

Ritz Hair Salon - Main St

Matos Bakery - Main St

Pups Grooming

Thundermist Dental - Main St

Thundermist Healthcare - Providence St 

Other Locations:

Life Care at Home - 63 Sockanossett Crossroads, Cranston

ASM Dance Studio - 20 Cottage St, Warwick

John Fogarty Center - 220 Woonasquawtucket, N. Providence

A&J Bakery - 1458 Park Ave, Cranston

Atrion - 125 Metro Ctr Blvd, Warwick

Residence Inn - Center of New England, W. Greenwich

Wyndham Gardens Hotel - 220 India St, Providence

Area Churches:

Faith Baptist Church - 765 Commonwealth Ave, Warwick

Calvary Chapel Greenmeadow - 266 Devil's Foot Rd, N. Kingstown

Christian Hill Community Church - 56 Tiogue Ave, West Warwick

Church of the Apostles - 170 Fairview Ave, Coventry

Cranston Christian Fellowship - 1114 Scituate Ave, Cranston

Grace Family Church - 125 Washington St, W.Warwick

SouthPointe Christian Church - Office: 1200 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick

Riverpoint Advent Christian Church - 1107 Main St, W. Warwick

For more information, contact Artic Mission's Promotion Team Leader Elaine Hunt, at elainehunt@cox.net.

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