So many ways to help

So many ways to help

November 10, 2011 - Indianapolis Star
By: Betsy Reason

It's that time of year, when the community pulls together to help others in need. Here is a roundup of local collection drives. For more, go online at

Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County drives for Thanksgiving and Christmas Giveaway
-- Accepting nonperishable foods, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19, for Thanksgiving Giveaway. Accepting toys, clothing, socks and underwear for ages 5-16, and food, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 for Christmas Giveaway, at Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville. Also, accepting food, new toys and clothing through Dec. 24 at Good Samaritan office, 12933 Parkside Drive, Fishers; Star Financial Bank, The Wild, Community Bank, Box, Pack & Ship, Logan Village Mall, Jim Dandy, Living Truth bookstore, Neighborhood Laundries, The Hamilton Restaurant, The Wooden Key, A Corner Cottage and Old Picket Fence, all Noblesville; and Gymies Fitness Center, Cicero (317) 842-2603,

Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County drop-off sites -- Accepting nonperishable food items and new toys and clothing for ages 5-16, through Dec. 24 at Star Financial Bank, The Wild, Community Bank, Box, Pack & Ship, Logan Village Mall, Jim Dandy, Living Truth bookstore, Neighborhood Laundries, The Hamilton Restaurant, The Wooden Key, A Corner Cottage and Old Picket Fence, all Noblesville; Gymies Fitness Center, Cicero; and Jan's Village Pizza, Westfield (317) 842-2603,

Food for Friends in Fishers -- Accepting canned and dry foods for Thanksgiving food drive through Nov. 18 at any Fishers fire station. Headquarters is 2 Municipal Drive, Fishers. Renee Cox, (317) 460-4664,

Come-To-Me Food Pantry drive
-- Accepting nonperishable food items inside door No. 4, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fishers United Methodist Church, 9691 E. 116th St., Fishers. Drop-off also 8:30 a.m. to noon Sundays and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays until Nov. 16 at front door of Promise UMC, 12648 E. 116th St., Fishers; and Emmanuel UMC, 16000 Cumberland Road, Noblesville. Also, accepting food, paper goods and cash through weekdays through Nov. 20 at Community Bank, 12514 Reynolds Drive, Fishers. Bank, (317) 845-0800.

Victorian Holiday Celebration & Toy Drive -- Accepting new, unwrapped toys 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Saxony Village Pool House, 13559 Alston Drive, Fishers, to benefit Alternatives Inc. and Prevail Inc. to aid in support of domestic abuse victims. Program will feature Fishers Renaissance Faire Madrigal Choir and sing-along, photos with Santa, and refreshments.

Reynolds Farm Equipment Christmas Lights Display & food drive
-- Accepting nonperishable food and monetary donations 12 evenings during Christmas light display for Come-To-Me food pantry in Fishers: 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25 at Reynolds Farm Equipment, 12501 Reynolds Drive, Fishers. Linda Williams, (317) 695-0069 or Don Greenlee, (317) 522-8006.

Fishers YMCA canned food drive -- Accepting canned food items 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 23 as part of Wishbone 5K packet pickup and family night, 9012 E. 126th St., Fishers. Price of admission is one item to be donated to a Hamilton County food bank.

Noblesville Fire Department Christmas Food and Toy Drive -- Accepting nonperishable items, new unwrapped toys and monetary donations through Dec. 7 at Noblesville City Hall, 16 S. 10th St., and all Noblesville fire stations. (317) 776-6336, ext. 1400.

Hamilton East Public Library holiday food/hats and gloves drives -- Accepting nonperishable foods and personal hygiene products to go to township trustees' food banks, through Dec. 21; and new mittens, gloves, hats and socks Nov. 25-Dec. 31, for distribution by Third Phase Shelter during, library hours. Collection bins are in lobbies at Fishers Library, Five Municipal Drive, Fishers; and Noblesville Library, One Library Plaza. Fishers, (317) 579-0300. Noblesville, (317) 773-1384.

Christmas at the Creek -- Accepting toys and cash donations through Dec. 7 at DeerCreek Community Church, 1008 S. Ninth St., Noblesville. Annual program takes preselected parents on a Dec. 10 shopping trip to choose toys for their kids. (317) 774-0152.

Boys & Girls Club's Stuff Da Bus -- Through Nov. 17, accepting toys, food, hygiene and cleaning items, and monetary donations to fill two buses for the Township Trustee's Office pantry. Items also accepted at club, 1448 Conner St. Sponsorships are $150 to fill a seat. Call Abby Stutesman, (317) 773-4372 or visit

Grace Community Church toy drive -- Accepting new unwrapped toys for Indianapolis' Shepherd Community Center Christmas store during "The Sound of Music," Dec. 1-4 at the church, 504 East 146th St., Noblesville.

Hancock County Food Pantry drive -- Accepting nonperishable items, hygiene items, laundry detergent, soap and toilet paper, at Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield; and Sugar Creek branch, 5087 W. U.S. 52, New Palestine. Also mail monetary donations to Hancock County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 244, Greenfield, IN 46140.

Lawrence Fire Department toy drive -- Accepting new toys and monetary donations weekdays through Dec. 16 at Lawrence Township Fire Department administration office, 9001 E. 59th St., Indianapolis. Shari Meyer, (317) 547-4371.

Baskets of Giving at Benjamin Harrison YMCA -- Accepting nonperishable food items, gift cards and cash donations through Nov. 20 at Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Road, Indianapolis. Carolyn Mattingly, (317) 547-9622.

Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child -- Accepting packed shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items Nov. 14-21 at Legacy Christian School, 470 Lakeview Drive, Noblesville; Christ Community Church, 13097 Allisonville Road, Fishers; and Heritage Christian School, 6401 E. 75th St., Indianapolis.

Call Star reporter Betsy Reason at (317) 444-6049.