Christmas Store Drop Boxes Out After Tuesday


Published on October 28 2013 5:15 pm
Last Updated on October 28 2013 5:15 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Organizers of the FISH and Catholic Charities "Christmas for Kids" Christmas Store have announced that the drop boxes will be in place later on Tuesday to receive donations.

Those wishing to drop off new toys or non-perishable food may do so in any of these locations in Effingham...Crossroads Bank at the Banker Street location, Curves, Dollar General, Effingham Dental Office on Keller Drive, the Ron Diehl Center at Hendelmeyer Park, Family Video, Fifth/Third Bank, Heartland Dental, Joe Sipper's Cafe, K-Mart, Lake Land Kluthe Center, Martin's IGA, Niemerg's Steak House, Rural King, Save-A-Lot Foods, Effingham County Senior Center, Sylvan Learning, Village Square Mall office, Walmart and Walgreen's.

In Teutopolis, boxes will be located at Scissor Wizard and at National Trail Banking Center.

In Altamont, items may be dropped off at the Altamont Home Center, Peoples Bank and Trust and at the home of Bill and Margaret Fritcher.

In Dieterich, a drop box will be located at Wright Furniture.

Wiedman Cleaners, 108 E. Washington Avenue in downtown Effingham, will again be sponsoring the "Share the Warmth" program during the month of November.  They will accept children's coats in good repair, clean them and take them to the Christmas Store for distribution.

Guffey's Quality Cleaners, 1103 W. Fayette Avenue in Effingham, will accept coats in good repair, clean them and take them to the Christmas Store for distribution.

This Christmas project is made possible through the co-operation and support of the entire county.  Last year, food boxes and toys were provided for 800 children in over 650 families.  In addition, over 250 senior citizens and disabled individuals were provided with food bags.  In total, the FISH and Catholic Charities Christmas Store served over 1,800 Effingham County residents.

To volunteer to help or for information about the other services FISH offers, phone 342-2200 or write to FISH, PO Box 473, Effingham, 62401.  For information about Catholic Charities, phone 857-1458.