With hot weather and summer activities in full swing, the holidays are hardly on our radar, but the Bellevue Fire and Parks & Community Services are already thinking ahead for the holidays. “Joy in July” is a toy and food drive to gather toys to distribute to children in need this December. With more than 6,000 toys distributed in 2014, the shelves need restocking to provide toys later this year.
Requested donations include new, unwrapped toys, books, games, sports equipment, arts and crafts kits and plush animals for infants, small children and teens. Gift cards are also appreciated for parents to purchase needed items. Food is also being collected to help feed children and families this summer. One in five students qualifies for free or reduced meals in the Bellevue School District. With schools out for the summer, it can be difficult for many families to provide food for the family. Any nonperishable food is welcome (canned meats, fruits, vegetables, pasta and rice, peanut butter) or grocery store gift cards.
Its easy help . . . donations will be collected at City Hall and all Bellevue fire stations throughout the month of July.