TEAM kicks off toy drive

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DERBY — TEAM, Inc. has kicked off its annual toy drive.

TEAM Toys 4 Kids, formerly known as Valley Toys for Tots, collects toys for children from infancy to 12 years old who live in Valley towns, including, Beacon Falls.

This year, the greatest need is for gifts for children 10 to 12 years old. Some recommended donations include: skateboards, snowboards and snow tubs, cameras, curling irons/flat irons/blow dryers, computer games, soccer balls and baseballs, MP3 players, sports posters, and gift cards, at a $5 minimum, to Blockbuster, Seymour Cinema 12, iTunes, Target and Amazon.com.

Toys from the drive are distributed to eligible parents at the TEAM “toy store” at 153 Main St., Ansonia, on Dec. 16, 19, 20, and 21. Parents must request toys in advance by signing up at the TEAM offices, 30 Elizabeth St., Derby, from now through Dec. 14.

More than 100 drop-off sites are now accepting toy donations until Dec. 13. TEAM will still accept toys after Dec. 13.

For a list of drop-off sites or donation suggestions, visit www.teaminc.org. To volunteer to hold a special event, host a drop-off site or work at the TEAM “toy store,” call Trish Wigglesworth at (203) 736-5420 ext. 221.