UPDATE: North West Relief Ministries Urgently Seek Toy Donations For Local Families In Need

Donations of food and toys are always accepted for distribution as part of Northwest Assistance Ministries’ annual Season of Blessings event. (Courtesy of the Northwest Assistance Ministries)

Updated December 1 at 3:15 p.m.

With just two weeks away from the annual Holiday Blessings toy distribution by Northwest Assistance Ministries, the organization is in dire need of toy donations to reach its goal, nonprofit officials said in a Dec. 1 press release. .

According to NAM communications specialist Stephanie Pena, each year NAM strives to provide three freebies to each of the more than 5,000 children enrolled, or approximately 15,000 toys in total.

“Right now we are still several thousand toys short to meet this goal, and distribution is less than two weeks away,” Pena said in a Dec. 1 email to Community impact journal.

According to Brian Carr, director of advancement at NAM, supply chain disruptions and rising costs have resulted in increased stress this holiday season for local families in need and nonprofit organizations that help them.

“It’s just difficult for everyone,” Carr said in a statement. “It’s hard on families in need, and it’s hard on organizations trying to help these families.”

New unwrapped toys valued at approximately $ 25 per gift for infants up to the age of 12 can be dropped off Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Harrell Family Opportunity Center , located behind the main NAM building at 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston.

Posted on November 15 at 7:35 a.m.

Spring-based Northwest Assistance Ministries, a nonprofit, collects food donations as well as new, unwrapped toys to distribute as part of the nonprofit’s annual Season of Blessings event.

Each year, NAM provides local families in need with everything they need to prepare a full holiday meal in November and December as well as gifts for families with children under the age of 12. This year, NAM aims to provide toys to 5,000 children and holiday meals to 1,500 families.

While registration is closed for families in need who wish to participate in this year’s event, NAM officials said donated food and toys are still being accepted for distribution.

Officials said the toys are expected to cost around $ 25 and should be suitable for children, from newborns to 12-year-olds. Canned food donations can include fruits, mixed vegetables, pumpkin, yams, corn and green beans. Other foods that can be fed include cranberry sauce, chicken broth, evaporated milk, stuffing, turkey or chicken sauce, frozen turkeys, and dessert mixes.

Toys can be dropped off until December 6 at the Harrell Family Opportunity Center, located behind the main NAM building – 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston – weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Food donations can be delivered to the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center at NAM on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. throughout the duration of the event.

For more information contact 281-885-4555 or visit www.namonline.org/season_of_blessings.

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