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Holiday help needed

The Orange County Department of Social Services is recruiting sponsors and donors in its annual holiday partnership with Toys for Tots and Balloons and Tunes to provide new toys and clothing for low-income, at-risk Orange County children. This year, the goal is to provide toys to more than 7,000 children.

There are two holiday programs. Share Your Holiday, co-sponsored by Balloons and Tunes, pairs families served by DSS with community sponsors. The families submit wish lists that often include clothing and toys, and donors may choose to sponsor one of these families or give money to purchase items for families that do not get sponsored.

DSS is also partnering with Toys for Tots to organize the third annual Orange County Toy Chest, a holiday store from which eligible parents can select two or three new toys for each of their children. The Toy Chest is designed to serve families at up to 200 percent of the poverty line that are not being served by another DSS holiday program.

More information is available at www.orangecountync.gov/holidayprogram/index.asp

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