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I threw out a pile of donation solicitations the other day. Depleted, I reasoned, were my charity and finances. Then I fired up the internet and bought myself a new pair of earrings. 

And so the cycle of guilt continues.

For the price of the pair of earrings I now plan to return, you can buy several lovely Christmas gifts for children in need. Below are many wonderful organizations eager to help out those less fortunate this holiday season:

Please hurry!

They all accept unwrapped toys or gift cards.

Holiday Toy Drive, Westport
Drop off new unwrapped toys and donations in the parking lot of Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, Westport, on Dec. 18 & 19 between 9 AM and 3 PM. Toys are given to underprivileged children in Fairfield County. Or drop off toys any time at the Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road, until Dec. 19 at 3 PM. Toy Drive is sponsored by WPD Local Union #2080 and Police Benevolent Assoc.

The Child and Family Guidance Center*, Bridgeport
(203) 394-6529
Founded in 1925 to address the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children and their families, the Center offers a wide range of outpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling services for children under the age of 18 as well as a variety of in-home supportive services to their families.

City of Danbury Welfare and Social Services Department*, Danbury
(203) 707-4569
The city of Danbury is holding an “Adopt-A-Family” program where families who are unable to provide gifts to their children may request two gifts per child. Small and large businesses as well as local community members may then purchase the listed gifts (not to exceed $25), where they will be distributed over the holiday.

Operation Hope*, Fairfield
(203) 292-5588
Operation Hope will be collecting gift card donations until the end of December. Participants are asked to purchase any type of gift card that would help a needy family purchase gifts for their loved ones. Gift cards may be mailed to Operation Hope, or dropped off. Call for further details.

Prudential CT Realty/Toys for Tots*, Newtown
Prudential CT Realty will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for all ages at its office (33 Church Hill Road) until Christmas. Community members may drop donations off every day between 9am-5pm. This drive is sponsored by the Marine Corps and will be distributed to needy children throughout CT.

Check with local police stations, churches, and fire houses for local holiday drives.

*Information paraphrased or quoted from organization’s website or http://www.nymetroparents.com

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