Toasty Toddler registration open; donations accepted

Registrations for the Toasty Toddler program are being accepted until Oct. 30.

The Toasty Toddler Program is a winter coat, hat and glove collection and distribution for children from newborn through age 5.

Toasty Toddler began as a collaborative project started by the Blair County Human Service Office, now the Blair County Department of Social Services, to help the area’s youngest children keep warm through the winter months.

Referrals are made by education, health care and social service agencies serving families with young children, as well as individuals who call the center looking for help.

The Family Resource Center at United Way now facilitates the program.

New coats, hats and gloves for children newborn through age 5 are needed in boys’ and girls’ sizes newborn, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months, as well as 2T through 5T, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and small. Funds may also be donated in order to purchase items.

Donations are being accepted for the Toasty Toddler Program at the Family Resource Center at United Way of Blair County, county libraries, Blair Dance Academy and Pennsylvania Highland Community College Blair Center.

In addition, the following are conducting in-house collections: Altoona Sunrise Rotary, Blair County Department of Social Services, Blair Regional Nurse Practitioner Group, Faith Fellowship/Faith United Church of Christ, Greater Hollidaysburg Girl Scout Service Unit 4656, Pyramid Healthcare, St. John’s Women’s Group Lakemont and Smith Transport, Inc.

Last year, 500 children were served by more than 30 agencies, businesses, schools, churches and civic groups and countless individuals that collected and donated goods and funds.

Generally, all children receive a new coat, hat and gloves or mittens. All funds donated go toward purchasing items for the program. The first distribution is planned for early November.

To register or donate, call the Family Resource Center at United Way, at 317-5108, ext. 301.


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