Here's where to donate food, toys and money this holiday season in Spring and Klein

Toys for Tots collections continue throughout mid-December at several local businesses, including many area First Choice ER locations.

Toys for Tots collections continue throughout mid-December at several local businesses, including many area First Choice ER locations.

Several area nonprofits are accepting donations of food, toys and money through mid-December. Here are a few places where you can donate this year in Spring and Klein.




  1. County’s Mangum-Howell Center holiday food drive is underway


Food donations can be placed in a collection barrel in the Mangum-Howell Center lobby until Dec. 12. Northwest Assistance Ministries  will distribute nonperishable food, such as canned vegetables, fruits, meats, juices and cereals, to those in need during the holiday season. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.). Mangum Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston. 281-591-7830. www.hcp4.net





2. Northwest Assistance Ministries collects food, toys for holiday season
Northwest Assistance Ministries is collecting donations of canned and dry foods, frozen or refrigerated turkeys and donations of new, unwrapped toys in the original packaging to distribute to families with children age 12 and younger who are in need of holiday gifts.

Volunteer opportunities are available and food or toy pickups can be scheduled through NAM’s holiday coordinator. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.). 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston. 281-885-4555, ext. 3914. www.namonline.org





3. Toys for Tots locations active in Spring through mid-December
Since 1947, national nonprofit organization Toys for Tots has been collecting and distributing new, unwrapped toys for children in need. A number of sites in Spring and Klein are accepting toys in December. Visit www.toysfortots.org for information about the final drop-off day for each location.





4. Monetary donations for book drive are welcome
A project to collect books for Sheltering Harbour, a youth residential facility in Klein, netted over $3,000 in new books this week through children's literature company Usborne Books and More. Local contributors include Bear's Plumbing Service, Bob's Auto Express, Cunningham Gas Products and Hancock Family Chiropractic. Monetary donations for the book drive can be made here.





5. Volunteer year-round with these Spring and Klein organizations
For a list of additional organizations that may be seeking volunteers year-round as well as during the holiday season, see our 2017 Volunteer Guide.


By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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