By Jennifer Weber

‘Tis the season of giving and there’s no shortage of opportunities available to give a little bit back to your community. Here are just a few food, clothing and toy drives in the Springville Area taking place for you and your loved ones to participate in this December.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” -Mother Teresa

LJ Grand Livery Stables’ Jay Andrews and Lauralee Sibiga have one wish this holiday season and that’s to Bring Magic Back to the Children. The most important mission they do all year is led by Doc and Dan, their team of Black Percheron Draft Horses, when they help Santa personally deliver presents to children in Springville and the Homeless Shelter in Buffalo on Christmas Day. Drop off locations to donate an unwrapped toy or gift are available at Root 30 Salon & Spa, Emerling Ford, Tops Markets and Main Street Pizzeria and Cafe. And if you know of any special child that would like a visit from Santa on Christmas day, contact Lauralee at (716) 359-2227.

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston S. Churchill

The Springville Kiwanis Book/Toy drive will help bring a Merry Christmas to 80 local children from infants to teens. Donation boxes are located at the Concord Library Maurices, Tractor Supply, the Joylan Theater, Love, INC and the front lobby of SGI High School and Middle School. Distribution of donations will be on December 9th. For more information call (385) 240-4748.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi

If you are a looking to purchase gifts for an individual child this season, The Trading Post Community Care Center located at 26-38 Franklin Street offers a Christmas Giving Tree and is looking for donations of 5-7 gifts in a Christmas Stocking to give to 50 local children. Stockings can be dropped off at the Trading Post Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 10-2 until December 15th. For more information call (716) 592-4455.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” — Mother Teresa

While out visiting that house on Mill Street with all the lights, otherwise known as Jozwiak’s Mill Street Light Show, remember to bring a non-perishable food item to drop off at the collection box at the end of the driveway for the Concord-Springville Food Pantry and the Trading Post. The light show takes place every day from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the last day for the food drive will be Sunday, December 17th.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” -Anne Frank

Encorus Group located at 23 Mechanic Street is proud to be a drop-off location for Toys for Tots. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at their Springville office during business hours. For more information call (716) 592-3980.

“We must become the change we want to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive will be set up at Tops Markets, Springville Walmart and Main Street Pizzeria and Cafe through the week of December 23rd to help raise money for those in need in the Springville area.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens

Root 39 Salon and Spa located at 500 Cascade Drive in Springville is helping out a local family with a Giving Tree located inside their salon. Buy an ornament to hang on their tree for $1 and all donations will help a family with preemie twin angels. For more information call (716) 592-3939.

“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” – John D. Rockefeller Jr.

M&T Bank is collecting warm clothes for a Gift of Warmth clothing drive at its branches across Western New York, including the one located at 22 Mechanic Street in Springville. From now until December 29, donations of new mittens, gloves, scarves, hats and coats will be accepted. Donations will benefit children and families in our area served by The Salvation Army of Buffalo.