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TrueNorth Community Services' annual Children’s Christmas Programs (CCP) toy and gift drive is under way and runs through December 4.

Please drop off donations of an unwrapped gift at any CCP/Toys for Tots drop box located throughout Newaygo County, because Christmas is a time for caring and sharing.

The CCP distribution happens at the TrueNorth Service Center from December 11 to 14.

Every year since 1952, TrueNorth Community Services’ CCP has helped ensure that children from low-income Newaygo County families experience a joyful Christmas morning. TrueNorth estimates they will serve well over 2,000 children representing over 1,000 local families through this year’s event. Not only will the kids receive toys and games, but also essential gifts like socks, a warm hat and gloves, a book, and art supplies.

CCP is not possible without a great deal of community support. TrueNorth has established relationships with vendors that allow them to stretch your dollars further. Those with financial resources available are encouraged to make a cash donation to help purchase age-appropriate gifts to fill in any gaps in donations received.

For more information, contact Phil Gabel, TrueNorth Special Projects Director, at (231) 924-0641, ext. 119, or

For more details on how to donate, contact TrueNorth Community Liaison and Development Director, Mark Kraus at or (231) 924-0641, ext. 161.

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