WSU Theatres supports local toy drive

WSU Theatres is hosting a toy drive with Orchards Children’s Services.

New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at both the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres through Sunday, December 11, 2011.

Orchards services more than 4,000 children each year, providing foster care, adoption and clinic and home-based services. Orchards reaches out to the community at large and provides youth programs.

Donations for the nonprofit organization are tax deductible.

Suggested donations are categorized into toy/item options for newborn children all the way to teenagers.

Suggested Donations include:

Push/pull toys, building blocks, activity boards, musical/talking toys, rattles/teething rings, activity mats, big block puzzles, legos (large), dolls, riding toys, educational toys, tea/party ware sets, baby dolls, musical instruments, junior board games, legos, play tools, Barbie dolls and/or accessories, dress up clothes, puzzles, trains/trucks/car sets, science kits, sports balls/activities, arts and crafts kits, board games, art supplies, hand-held games, jewelry-making kits, athletic apparel, hand-held electronic games (batteries included please), MP3 players, watches, jewelry, gift cards, bath gels/soaps, movie tickets, sporting event tickets, DVDs.

Orchards Children’s Services

Who We Are
Orchards Children’s Services has been a beacon of hope for children and families for over 45 years.

Orchards seeks to protect and nurture children and youth by providing shelter, sustenance, life- and educational skills and opportunities. Our programs and services touch children from birth to young adulthood, and we remain committed to them every step of the way.

We believe in engaging individuals in planning for their own success, and offer services and support in their homes and communities. By working in partnership with parents, relatives, foster parents and children where they live, we empower them to achieve stability and long-term self-sufficiency.

What We Do
Orchards strives constantly to redefine the stereotypes applied to troubled families and traumatized children. We believe that labels often translate into stigmas. We create opportunities to connect the young people we serve with accessible therapeutic and health services, mainstream educational resources and conventional recreational activities.

We employ professionally qualified staff, trained to assist families in developing improved communications and parenting skills, to promote the well being of children being fostered and adopted.

We provide counseling, and serve as a link to community resources related to recovery and employability. We further support children and families through this period by facilitating transportation and addressing critical housing needs.

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