Benefiting local families in need

Families looking for an opportunity to spread some holiday cheer this season can support the Franklin County Children Services' Holiday Wish gift-giving program.

The effort provides personalized gifts to more than 5,000 children who may have experienced abuse, neglect or other difficult issues.

Families can help in a variety of ways. They can donate money that will be used to buy gift cards and food certificates. Families also can sponsor a child and buy a gift that he or she has requested or donate new, unwrapped toys or gifts.

Donations may be dropped off at the Children's Services' building, 855 W. Mound St., Columbus 43223, during the following times:


8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, Nov. 24-Dec. 23

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14

8 a.m. to 12 noon, Dec. 24

For more information, call 614-275-2525 or visit franklincounty/holidaywish.