Local businesses collecting donations for Akron Children’s drive

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BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Three local retailers have launched holiday toy and book drives to benefit patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Books-A-Million, located in the Eastwood Mall in Niles is collecting books now through Saturday, Dec. 19. Customers can purchase books in the store to donate to locally designated non-profit organizations, and Akron Children’s has been selected for the third consecutive year, according to a news release from the hospital.

“The books will be distributed to patients at our two Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics offices located in Warren,” said JoAnn Stock, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley director of development.

The Skate Zone Fun Center, located at 5420 Mahoning Ave. in Austintown, is hosting a toy drive now through Dec. 18 to also benefit the hospital. New, unopened and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Skate Zone during normal business hours.

Youngstown Cycle Supply, at 6915 Market Street in Boardman, is conducting its fifth annual Brighten Up for the Kids holiday toy and book drive now through Dec. 22. All toys and books will go to children who spend the holiday season in the hospital.

Last year, Youngstown Cycle Supply collected and donated more than 2,000 toys for the patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

For a “wish list” of items needed, visit www.akronchildrens.org/giving.

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