The deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2013. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18 and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization. A brochure listing all the organizations in their 30-county area that received funds last season will also be available in all Stewart’s Shops.
PLATTSBURGH — Fresh on the heels of its in-store food drive, which donated nearly 12,000 food items to local food-rescue organizations, Kinney Drugs is kicking off the holiday season by hosting two separate gift-giving programs in all of its drug store locations to benefit less fortunate children and seniors.
From now through Dec. 14, Kinney Drugs is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children who may not otherwise receive gifts this year. During the Holiday Toy Drive, toys collected at each store will be distributed to local children by a charitable organization within the store’s own community.
Kinney Drugs will also help brighten the holidays for seniors through its Be a Santa for a Senior program. Each store is partnering with a local senior care center to develop individual gift suggestions for senior residents. Customers can review the suggestions and purchase gifts for seniors who may not be able to celebrate the holidays with loved ones.
“Be a Santa for a Senior is a way for us to share holiday cheer with seniors who have made such important contributions to our communities throughout the years,” said Jim Spencer, COO of Kinney Drugs Store Division. “We collected several thousand gifts during last year’s campaign, and we are excited to top that this year.”
“We believe that we are only as strong as our community,” said Spencer. “We strive to make our community a better place to live and these gift-giving programs put that into action.”
Anyone interested in participating in the programs can donate gifts at their local Kinney Drugs store through mid-December. Each store will display the name of the local partnering organization that will receive the donated gifts.
For more information, visit a local Kinney Drugs store or www.kinneydrugs.com.