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Four hundred families in need to gather to receive Toys for Tots donations

Approximately 400 local families will gather tomorrow night to receive 1,200 donated toys from the Toys for Tots program. The holiday celebration is hosted by social service providers in Marion County.

WHO: More than 400 local families in need to receive 1,200 donated toys WHAT: Gather for the Families Reaching for Rainbows, Inc. and Lutheran Child & Family Services Holiday CelebrationWHEN: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6 – 9 p.m. WHERE: Lutheran Child & Family Services Campus Gymnasium 1525 N. Ritter Ave., Indianapolis, IN

Santa Claus is scheduled to attend, and will deliver gifts to boys and girls aged 15 and younger. Additionally, Hands Helping America, Inc. will participate and donate bicycles to some of the children.

Families also will bring a small donation of their own, as a gratitude to the Toys for Tots program. The event sponsors have asked the families in attendance to bring a donation of a canned good, clothing or hygiene item to donate back to other nonprofit organizations serving families in need.

Families Reaching for Rainbows is a nonprofit organization supporting parents of youth with serious emotional and mental health challenges. Rainbows and Lutheran Child & Family Services partner on a monthly basis to provide a welcoming environment for families to gather and support each other.

Choices, Inc. has been successfully serving youth in or at risk of out-of-home care since 1997. Headquartered in Indianapolis, it is a nonprofit that reduces replication of services and shortens the length of stay in the child welfare, juvenile justice, special education and mental health systems so youth stay at home, in school and out of trouble. Every day, it serves 1,000 children in Indiana, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Ohio, Florida and Louisiana.