Holiday Giving: Share The Season

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by K. Joyner.

Cary, NC- The spirit of giving is strong in Cary, and the Heart of Cary Association is harnessing that energy with a toy drive this month. They’ve dubbed their initiative, Share The Season.

The Heart of Cary Association is hosting a toy drive that will directly benefit children in this area. From now til Dec 13, ten downtown businesses (listed below) will be collecting unwrapped toys that will be distributed to two local non-profits : Dorcas Ministries, who recently relocated to the Cary Plaza, 187 High House Road, and the Carying Place, newly moved to Downtown at 301 S. Academy Street.

These organizations work hard to help people right here in Cary, who may be a little down on their luck in these tough economic times.

Here are member businesses that plan to collect toys that will then be distributed at 2 local non- profits to help make a child’s Holiday season a little brighter.

Heart of Cary Members’ Collection Points:

  • Apple Insurance -400 E. Chatham Street
  • Ashworth Drugs- Corner of Chatham & Academy Streets
  • Bliss Realty Group- 115 Dry Avenue
  • Cary Gallery of Artist’s – Ashworth Village
  • Chambers Arts!-Ashworth Village
  •  Cute Buttons- Ashworth Village
  • Fidelity Bank- 100 W. Chatham Street
  • Frantz Automotive- 410 W. Chatham Street
  • MMi Public Relations- 223 E. Chatham Street
  • Oakhaven Research -Woodwinds Industrial Park Drive

Other Area Businesses  Giving Back

Cary Crossroads Shopping Plaza
Sunday, December 11, 2011, 12-6pm
Toy donation held in front of Toys R’ Us.
Crossroads Plaza teams up with Mix 101.5 and The United States Marine Corps again this year to collect new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children.

Second Chance Adoptions

Saturday, 12/17 – 12/24

Annual Pawlidays Gift Wrapping event.  Shoppers can have their holiday gifts wrapped by donating to the organization.  Hours are 10am-10pm and 10am-6pm on Christmas Eve.  Located in Crossroads Plaza between Stein Mart and Men’s Wearhouse.   Second Chance is the area’s oldest no-kill animal rescue, saving over 6,000 stray or abandoned dogs and cats since 1989.

Cary Towne Center Mall
Operation Heart Felt Salute
Now through Dec 31
Visit the website for details on how you can donate items that will be shipped as care packages to military stationed overseas. Folks can also nominate personal to be added to the list, and send letters of encouragement overseas. Donations can be made at the Mall Office. All items will be packaged and shipped to troops currently serving overseas.

If you know of organziations that are organizing Giving Events, please post here. With enough entries we will do a follow-up story in December.

Tis the Season of Giving Back.