Fitzgerald Announces Annual Gift Drive to Benefit Children & Youth

Holiday Project runs through Dec. 3, new online wish list makes it easy to participate

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced the 2012 DHS Holiday Project gift collection drive for children and youth receiving services through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth & Families. The gift drive runs now through December 3. This year, DHS seeks help with direct sponsorship of individual children so the Holiday Project can reach its goal of providing each child in need with at least one meaningful gift.

“It is through the generosity of our community that gifts are collected for the thousands of children who receive services through CYF,” said Fitzgerald. “I encourage the business community, non-profit organizations and individuals to sponsor as many children as possible.”

For those who would like to pursue individual sponsorship, project organizers at DHS will provide the age, gender and wish list for as many children as a group or individual agrees to sponsor.

Knowing that individual sponsorship may not always be possible, donors have the new option of making a purchase through the Amazon.com DHS Holiday Project Wish List. Donors may choose from the most-needed holiday gifts and books, and purchases will be shipped directly to the Holiday Project. In addition, DHS will continue to have donation drop-off sites at various locations within Allegheny County. The Holiday Project is always in need of new unwrapped multi-cultural toys, including baby dolls, as well as a diverse selection of books for all reading levels.

“We are grateful for the many gift donations from local businesses, religious organizations, school groups and individuals,” said DHS Director Marc Cherna. “Because of their donations, we are able to help make the holidays special for the children we serve.”

To sponsor individual children, contact the Event & Donations Team at 412-350-3428 or EventandDonationsTeam@alleghenycounty.us. To purchase gifts and books through the Amazon.com DHS Holiday Project Wish List, visit: World Wide Web Icon www.goo.gl/wemAe.

For more information about the Holiday Project and drop-off site information, visit: www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/holidayproject.aspx.

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