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Holiday-related charity fundraisers

Nov. 08, 2012 @ 11:15 PM

The Herald-Dispatch is making a list of organizations planning holiday-related charity fundraisers. Send your holiday charity information to news@herald-dispatch.com or fax to 304-526-2857. Here are some of the charities from the Tri-State that people can assist:

CARE PACKAGES FOR SOLDIERS: The local chapter of The Marine Corps Family Support Community is supporting Operation Santa, which sends care packages to service members who are deployed. Anyone who knows local servicemen or women, who are deployed, should call 740-532-5741 or 606-615-0684 or email the information to mcfsc_tristate@yahoo.com in order to include them in this project.To make a financial donation to Operation Santa, mail checks to MCFSC Tri-State Chapter, c/o Mary Jo Vermilyea, 1540 Florence Ave., Ironton, OH 45638

AMERICAN RED CROSS: The Red Cross offers multiple ways that people can help the organization. There is a Holiday Giving Catalog which offers multiple symbolic gifts. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are collaborating on the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, collecting and distributing cards to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. The public is invited to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer until Dec. 7 to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending "care packages," monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Also blood donations are encouraged. To schedule a blood donation or for more information, people can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

TOYS FOR TOTS: The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's annual program is accepting new, unwrapped toys through Friday, Dec. 7, at the following locations: Huntington Housing Authority Family Resource Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, 2920 Marcum Terrace, Marvin Gray Family Center Gym, Huntington; Medicap Pharmacy, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 4352 5th Street Road, Huntington; Sun Tan City, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2957 5th Ave., Huntington, and 360 Diederich Blvd., Ashland. For more information about Toys for Tots, visit www.toysfortots.org.

TOY COLLECTION: Eric Easley of E2ntertainment, Michael Paul of Tattoo Mafia, Jason Pettaway of Uppercuts and Mark Nenni of Huntington PC as well as the Salvation Army are collecting new, unwrapped toys and new or gently used coats for children through Dec. 15. Donations can be made at Huntington PC, 1650 8th Ave, Suite 14, Huntington; Tattoo Mafia, 405 9th St.., Huntington; and Uppercuts, 331 Hal Greer Blvd., Huntington.