Care & Share of East Lyme, Inc. invites the community to bring donated gifts to its Holiday Store, located at the food pantry, 12 Roxbury Road, Niantic. The store has become an annual tradition helping make Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah brighter for Niantic, East Lyme and Salem residents in need.
Beginning November 1, the popular holiday store will be open to receive donations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3 to 6 pm., and on Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 am to 12pm. Gift contributions, which must be received no later than December 9 may be dropped off at the store during its hours of operation or arrangements may be made by calling Care & Share at 860-739-8502.
Donation suggestions for Christmas/Chanukah include new gifts for any age, male or female, children including teens, as well as adults and seniors. Donated gifts may be toys, arts and crafts, clothing accessories (jewelry, handbags, hats or dress scarves), household items and collectibles, as well as new or gently used linens and outerwear, such as winter coats or jackets. Gift cards are especially useful for necessities such as phone service, gas and groceries.
For donors who would like to fulfill specific gift wishes, several merchants in Niantic and East Lyme will host Care & Share “Angel” trees tagged with individual or family gift requests. Gifts are especially needed for teens and young adults.
Food also makes happy holidays, so Care & Share needs non-perishable food and paper products to help fill Thanksgiving and Christmas/Chanukah baskets for distribution. Traditional holiday menu items, such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, peas and pumpkin are particularly desired. Food items may be delivered to the Care & Share Pantry during the hours of 11 am to 1 pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month or left in Care & Share food collection boxes in most banks, retail, and community buildings. Frozen turkeys and chickens should be delivered directly to the Care & Share Pantry. All food for Thanksgiving should be donated to Care & Share by November 16, and food for Christmas/Chanukah baskets should be delivered to Care & Share by December 16.
Care & Share of East Lyme, Inc.
P.O. Box 114, East Lyme, CT 06333