Thanks to recent food drives by local schools and businesses, food isn’t Community Storehouse’s biggest need at this point during the holidays. Instead, the nonprofit is seeking more toy donations.
“We want to make sure parents have enough to choose from,” said Jill LeBaron, a development assistant for the nonprofit.
LeBaron said the organization specifically is seeking toys for the “teens and tweens;” suggestions include gift cards, clothing, sports equipment, desk and school accessories, movie tickets and books.
The Storehouse is also running low on kids’ bicycles.
“We are concerned this year that we don’t have a lot of bicycles for the little ones,” she said.
Food donations are certainly welcome, but holiday food boxes aren’t Community Storehouse’s “highest priority need,” LeBaron said.
The nonprofit is preparing to give more than 1,000 families a “traditional Thanksgiving meal” at a distribution event on Nov. 24 at Heritage Church of Christ in North Fort Worth.
Community Storehouse will have a similar event at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Southlake on Dec. 19, to give families in need a meal and presents for Christmas. LeBaron said the deadline to donate presents and food for that is Dec. 17.
Food donations may be brought from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the Community Storehouse Food Pantry at 12073 Katy Road, Suite 161 in Keller. At the Community Storehouse office, gift donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The office is located in Keller at 4640 Keller Hicks Road.