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Advance America is already taking steps to make it a great holiday season for those in need this year with a toy, jacket, and food drive that is located at their store at 1908 U.S. 64.
Claudia Quijas, manager at Advance America said that they are now accepting new toys, jackets, and canned food. The toys do not have to be high-end or expensive, and they can be any kind of toys for all ages. They may also include games or sports toys. Jackets are for children of all ages, and the foods must be canned goods.
â€śAll of that stuff we are taking to DHS,â€ť said Quijas, â€śand the food is going to DHS, but then it is going to Loaves and Fishes.â€ť
For this holiday giving drive, items may be dropped off at the Advance America store during business hours. Monday thru Thursday they are open until 6 p.m., open until 7 p.m. on Fridays, and upon until 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
There is a drop-off inside for all to place their items.
â€śWe are definitely looking forward to how much we can help the community out,â€ť said Quijas. â€śWe are trying to get the Optima school to help as well,â€ť she said. â€śWe are trying to get them out there to help us as much as they can.â€ť
This is Advance Americaâ€™s first time to do this drive, and although they arenâ€™t sure how much to expect, they are setting their goal high.
â€śWe are hoping to get at least 2,500 canned goods,â€ť said Quijas. â€śI want to see how it goes, but Iâ€™m hoping to do this every year.â€ť
For more information, call Advance America at 338-6961 or stop by their location at 1908 U.S. 64.