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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Season of giving

NEWTON

There is no "I" in "Holidays." Oh, wait ... yes there is. Sorry.

Thankfully, what the holidays also have are plenty of opportunities to do things for others. A quick visit to Newton City Hall between now and mid-December can yield at least two.

Over at the Veterans' Services Department, donations for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are being collected, either at the office or in a drop box at the front door of City Hall. Items requested include clothing, toiletries, food, and entertainment, such as Frisbees, electronic games, and paid phone cards.

The Department of Health and Human Services, meanwhile, is asking for new, unopened toys or gift certificates for families in need. Recommended stores for gift card include Kaybee Toys, Learning Express, Gap, and Marshall's.

A complete list of recommended gifts for both programs can be found on the city's web site.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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