The Starry Night donation drive is going on now and runs through Dec. 21, 2019. Community members are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy, gift or gift card to the LACASA Collection, a unique charity boutique where all proceeds stay local and help victims of abuse at LACASA Center.
Toys and gifts are needed for boys and girls of all ages. This year a special need exists for VISA or discount-store gift cards for pre-teens and teens. Younger children enjoy arts and crafts kits, as well as remote control toys. Infants and toddlers need educational toys and books. Board games, card games, books, and puzzles are wonderful gifts for children of any age.
Donors can place their gift under the store’s giving tree and write their name, or initials, on a star ornament to be hung on the tree. In return for donating a new present, donors will receive a twinkling store discount coupon, 50 percent off one item (excluding furniture).
New this year for the Starry Night drive is a special movie screening at the Historic Howell Theater at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. This family friendly event is sponsored by The Livingston Post and offers guests the opportunity to view “Elf” on the big screen in exchange for donating a new, unwrapped gift or gift card to the toy drive, or paying a $10 admission fee. All gifts and proceeds will be donated to LACASA Center to assist with the holiday toy drive.
Also participating as a partner in the toy drive this year is Minerva’s Hair Studio at 4431 S. Old US Hwy 23, in Brighton. The public can drop off donations during regular business hours. Minerva’s customers who make a donation will receive 10 percent off their total purchase of hair care and boutique products.
LACASA Center is an independent, locally-based nonprofit that provides more than 30 programs and services for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. All victim services are provided at no charge. The agency also conducts educational programs throughout the community to raise public awareness and help prevent abuse.
Donated toys and gifts will be distributed to children living in the LACASA Crisis Shelter and those who participate in the agency’s Children’s Counseling Program. LACASA clients who are parents also will have an opportunity to select gifts for their children to ensure Santa is prepared with everything he needs for his big sleigh ride.
The LACASA Collection store is accepting toy drive donations Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The store is located at 120 W. Highland Rd, Kroger/Crossroads Plaza, Howell. For additional details about the toy drive, visit lacasacollection.org.
LACASA Center is the only organization of its kind in the state, and one of only a few in the nation, that provides wrap-around services for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. This approach allows victims and their families to receive a continuity of care under one roof as they work to rebuild their lives. To learn more, visit lacasacenter.org.