Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The Medina Area Association of Churches will once again give Christmas Boxes to local families with the assistance of local firefighters. The partnership is needed this year due to meet an increased demand from Medina Central School District residents in need to holiday help.
“We’ve already had several new (applicants) this year,” MAAC Christmas Box Committee member Sue Metzo said. “There will definitely be an increase from last year (when 150 families received Christmas Boxes). It will be tight.”
MAAC will accept applications for the Christmas Box Program at the MAAC Clothing Depot, located in the back of Calvary Tabernacle Church, from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 19, and from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 20.
Metzo said that applicants need to bring social security cards for each family member as well as proof of residency and income. The program is limited to residents of the Medina Central School District.
“It is just such a heartwarming experience,” Metzo said. “There are so many families out there that need help; they’re trying to work and they need help.”
The program’s signature red barrels have been in place at local businesses, churches and schools for more than a week. They will continue to be ready to receive gifts of toys for children, gifts for teenagers and adults through Dec. 9. Monetary donations can be sent to the MAAC Christmas Box Program, PO Box 253, Medina, NY 14103.
Donations of socks, mittens, scarves, winter hats and gloves are also appreciated, Metzo said, as each recipient received those winter apparel items in addition to a ham dinner and gifts when firefighters from the Medina Fire Department and nearby volunteer units make their deliveries on Dec. 15.