There is absolutely nothing like seeing your child's face on Christmas morning. The way their eyes light up and they smile from ear to ear as the gaze on all those presents under the tree. It's a moment you try to capture with photos every year, but nothing can compare to actually seeing it.Thankfully for most of us, it's easy to create memories like these. Just a trip to the store to pick up a few thing for the kids. And then you see something else, so you get it. And then something else. And the next thing you know, you have more than any kid could possibly play with. But it's Christmas and you just can't wait to see the looks on your children's faces when they open all this stuff.

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Unfortunately, there are many people right here in Central New York that can barely afford food, much less an endless array of toys. We have teamed up with the Rome Rescue Mission to try to turn that around. So while you're out shopping for a new doll for Sheri or a new truck for Timmy, pick up something extra. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl at our studios on River Road in Marcy. Here's a look at some suggested gifts:

GIRLS…Infant to age 13:  Educational toys, books, Barbie and her clothing, Children’s DVD’s, Dolls, Arts & Crafts, Nail polish, McDonald’s gift cards, Bath and body products, Candles, Perfume, Socks and tights, Hairbrushes.


BOYS…Infant to age 13:  Educational toys, Cars and trucks, Science games, Children’s DVD’s, Watches, Boxers, Socks, Tools, Remote control vehicles, Hoodies, McDonald’s gift cards, Video games, PJ’s, T-shirts.


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Remember, almost anything can bring a smile to a child's face on Christmas morning. Even a trip to the Dollar Store can turn up a lot of fun gifts that will help make Christmas a little brighter. Thank you for helping!

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