Thousands of toys needed for children

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Tens of thousands of needy children are counting on the generosity of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette readers to brighten their Christmases through donations to the Goodfellows Fund.

The goal of the fund, which started in 1947, is to make sure that every child has a toy under the tree on Christmas morning. Your donations support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, which will distribute thousands of toys to needy children this holiday season, and the Salvation Army's Treasures for Children program.

Please help. Make a tax-deductible donation to Goodfellows by using the coupon on this page, or online by visiting

Every donation will be acknowledged in the newspaper, starting with Wednesday's editions.

How to get toys

The Toys for Tots program will hold open houses this month to distribute toys to parents and guardians of needy children.

They will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at Guardian Storage Solutions, 2839 Liberty Ave., Strip District.

Parents and guardians should bring a photo ID for themselves, a birth certificate for each child (children up to age 12 are eligible) and proof of need -- welfare check stub, food stamp card or other proof of government assistance.



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