Toy-food drive entering into 44th annual season

By Ronald MacArthur

It’s that time of the year again - time for the annual Seaford-Blades Associated Charities holiday drive. Each year around Christmas, volunteers from the organization box up food and toys for needy families in the area. This is the 44th annual holiday drive. According to the chairwoman of the event, Virginia “Ginny” Short, the holiday project has been fulfilling a need in the community for the past four decades. She should know - she’s been heading up the project since its inception. “Anyone interested in taking it over?” she asks every year with a smile. It’s not as if Ginny and her husband Ed hibernate and come out just at Christmas time either. Seaford-Blades Associated Charities is a year-round organization with a board of directors that helps families in need with food, clothing and even furniture from time to time. They shy away from publicity (they won’t pose for photographs) and don’t want accolades for their work on behalf of the organization. Associated Charities receives help from numerous organizations in the community to accomplish its goal of providing help to more than 200 families during the holiday period. Volunteers pack up the boxes and members of the Seaford Lions Club deliver the boxes filled with food and toys the week of Christmas. The Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club heads up a food drive in collaboration with the Seaford School District and the Seaford Christian Academy. Students in classrooms who bring in the most food are given a pizza party donated by Ledo’s Pizza and Pasta of Seaford. Students are reminded to have all food turned in before Thursday, Dec. 9. In the past eight years of the food drive, more than nine tons of food has been collected. Surplus food is donated to local food banks.
Peninsula Chiropractic has an annual toy drive ending on Dec. 10. The Kiwanis Club of Seaford will collect toys and food at the Seaford Wal-Mart on Saturday, Dec. 11. Nanticoke Health Services is donating space for the packing and distribution point for the effort. The Hoops for Hunger basketball event helped to collect food for the effort. In addition, many local churches conduct food drives to help the effort during December. Cash donations can be mailed to Seaford-Blades Associated Charities, c/o Virginia Short, 723 Washington Ave., Seaford, DE 19973. Volunteers are needed to help with packing and sorting as well. Phone Short at 629-8344. Drop-off locations for food and toys include the Seaford Star, 628 Stein Highway, the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club and Nanticoke Senior Center, 310 Va. Ave., Burton Bros., 407 High St., Sears, Seaford Village Shopping Center, The Leader and State Register, Stein Highway, and Peninsula Chiropractic Center, 26685 Sussex Highway (U.S. 13). The deadline for drop-offs is Dec. 18, but Short said that the earlier the donations are made the better.

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