Shabach Tabernacle in Elmira will offer its Christmas Toys for Tots program again this year, but it will serve fewer families than in the past.
Applications will be taken starting Monday at the church at 1133 Lake St. and two other locations, and registration will continue until Nov. 10 or until the limit of families is reached.
The church plans to provide toys for 300 families this year, a cutback from last year’s program.
“We’ll accept 200 nonworking and 100 working families. Last year we gave away between 1,700 and 2,000 toys,” said church Pastor Bobby Smith.
“We had about 500 families registered, but almost 100 families didn’t come and pick up toys. We gave them to other organizations. Our downsizing allows other organizations to do it. It’s an opportunity for other organizations who want to be heard.”
In addition to Shabach Tabernacle, applications will also be available at The Samaritan Center and Heritage Park Apartments in Elmira during normal business hours.
Shabach Tabernacle has other special activities planned over the next few months, including a Halloween night family festival, and a Thanksgiving Day dinner. All of the events are free.
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Toys for Tots
• People interested in signing up for Shabach Tabernacle’s Toys for Tots giveaway can register starting Monday at three sites — the church at 1133 Lake St. in Elmira, the Samaritan Center at 380 S. Main St. in Elmira, and Heritage Park Apartments at 199 Harriet St. in Elmira.
• For more information, call (607) 271-0050 or (716) 292-2778.