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’Tis the Season to Donate a Toy!


Photo by TPL Photography.

Each December, the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce hosts its Holiday Toy Drive Breakfast in partnership with WSFS Bank. WSFS branches will be collecting toys Nov. 2-Dec. 7

“For the fifth year in a row, WSFS Bank is honored to support the Old-Fashioned Christmas Toy Drive in West Chester,” says Shari Kruzinksi, senior vice president of Retail Banking at WSFS Bank. “At WSFS, we take great pride in giving back to our communities. We’re excited to play a role in bringing holiday cheer to local children in need.”  

Toys collected through the 2015 WSFS Old-Fashioned Christmas Toy Drive will be presented to three important organizations:

Bridge of Hope: The mission of Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties is to assist single mothers, with dependent children, experiencing homelessness to secure permanent housing, stability and access to resources in their community through relationships with professional staff and mentoring friendships from local congregations. Types of donations appreciated: Family board games and puzzles for all ages.

Read2Dream: Founded and located in the borough of West Chester, Read2Dream fosters a culture of reading within both the family and the classroom by encouraging children to read through a system of goals and rewards. Read2Dream’s passion is to dissolve the mental and socioeconomic barriers to a child’s success. Primarily serving children ages 5-11, R2D hosts free literacy events for families and provides new books and teddy bears to local children. Read2Dream helps kids build a foundation of literacy that will lead them to brighter futures and success in life. Types of donations appreciated: Books, stuffed animals, and puzzles.

Cuddle My Kids: We offer various free cancer support programs and resources to families. Our in-home program Focuses on bringing creative play, arts and crafts, and enrichment into the home while at the same time offering respite for the sick parent. This provides cancer patients uninterrupted time to focus on their own medical issues and healing, increasing their quality of life during treatment. Other resources available include Support Groups, concierge, cuddle cares, wellness – which vary by client need. All of our services are FREE to the families who qualify. Our mission is to serve as an in-home, no-cost resource for families with cancer. Types of donations appreciated: Amazon gift cards (to support our Cuddle Concierge Program and Cancer Care Resources Program), Michaels gift cards (to support our Cuddle Creative Play and Backpacks Programs), grocery store gift cards, target gift cards.

WSFS Bank drop-off locations:

West Chester: 400 E. Market St.
Edgmont: 5000 West Chester Pike
Media: 100 E. State St. 
Glen Mills: 395 Wilmington Pike 
Longwood: 826 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square

Additional West Chester drop-off locations:

Parkway Cleaners: 623 E. Gay St.
Market Street Print & Copy
: 204 W. Market St.
La Difference Salon & Day Spa: 830 Paoli Pike
Chester County Bar Association: 15 W. Gay St. (2nd Floor)

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