UPDATE!!!  The new hours for set up are 8am-11am to accommodate the increased number of families signed up for the toy drive. Many thanks to Lori Jones for going shopping to purchase the gift wrap, tape and bows for each family. If you have signed up to do some shopping, please drop off your items by Friday, December 14th at SYFS so that we have them in time for the shopping day set up.
The Freshman members of the Rotary Club are partnering with Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS) to manage the annual holiday toy drive that provides holiday toys for children and teens served by SYFS and the Department of Children and Families. The drive kicked off in early November and culminates with a shopping day for families in December. Freshman Rotarian and Executive Director of SYFS, Christine Mowry, along with SYFS Business Manager and Freshman Rotarian Lynn Lynch, brought the idea to the group in September. Enthusiasm for the project was immediately evident, with members pitching in to wrap giant collection boxes and pick up donated items on a weekly basis throughout the drive. A goal of the project is to encourage all Rotarians to get involved. A Sign Up Genius was created to organize the volunteer needs and can be viewed through this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aa4a928a46-syfs.
On December 17th from 8am until 11am Rotary members will gather at Trinty Church to set up the shopping experience for the families served by the toy drive. Parents and caregivers will then be able to "shop" for just the perfect gifts right down to stocking stuffers, gift wrap, tape, bows and gift tags. Any left over gifts and supplies will be picked up by the Department of Children and Families and distributed to other needy families. There will be no regular Rotary meeting on December 17th.