Children’s Center launches toy drive

Nonprofit mental health clinic seeks around 1,000 gifts

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian social issues & neighborhoods reporter

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Children’s Center, a private nonprofit children’s mental health clinic, is seeking donations of new and unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, hats and mittens to distribute this holiday season.

Children’s Center has been serving children and families in Clark County for more than 20 years and carries a caseload of approximately 600.

The vast majority of its client base is living in poverty, and many of these families will not be able to afford children’s gifts this year.

Children’s Center always strives to provide a gift for all children seen at its clinic, plus all other children living in that household. That means around 1,000 gifts in all.

You can help by making a donation. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 16. The age range is preschool through teen, so all sorts of toys and recreational items are welcome — such as stuffed animals books, board games, Legos, sporting equipment, movie passes, art supplies and gift cards. Check out the complete list at http://thechildrenscenter.org.

The following locations are drop-off sites: Java House, 210 W. Evergreen Blvd., suite 400; Kazoodles Toy Store, 13503 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., No. B-3; Halo Design, 1923 Main Street, Vancouver; Children’s Center at 415 W. 11th Street; or any Umpqua Bank branch.

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