Two drives aimed at making the holidays merrier for Gilbert kids and seniors are underway.
The Gilbert Chamber Foundation’s Adopt-a-Senior campaign and the Gilbert Police Department’s Blue Line of Love Toy Drive both aim to help less fortunate residents in town.
The Chamber Foundation seeks donations of a variety of new items or cash to make the holidays brighter for low-income seniors in the town.
Donations are accepted through Dec. 13. For information on where to donate: contact Kristine Lynch firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-941-6331.
Gilbert Police are looking for new, unwrapped toys, clothes and gift cards through Dec. 21.
Specific needs include gift cards, wrapping paper, and bows. The gift cards are especially welcome as past toy drives have yielded too many toys for young children and not enough for kids 15 to 17, the department says. The older children are in major need of new clothing and shoes.
After all of the donations are received, Gilbert Police officers, staff, volunteers and families will take the donated wrapping paper and bows to wrap all the donations within a 24 hours.
Drop-off locations for the drive include police headquarters and the San Tan station, Big League Dreams, Chick-Fil-A in San Tan Village, the Gilbert Chamber, Gilbert Community Center/Senior Center at 130 North Oak Street, the Power Ranch Clubhouse.
Other drop-offs are Sal’s Gilbert Pizza, 1150 South Gilbert Road; San Tan Ford and Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse; Settler’s Point Elementary, 423 East Settler’s Point; San Privada Apartment Complex, 1480 S. Coronado Road; Redstone at San Tan Village, 1925 S. Coronado Road; and Fitness Works, 1433 E. Williams Field Road.