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Mathews Christmas Store collecting donations

After overcoming “an insanely unusual and difficult year,” the Mathews County Christmas Store is back once again, with collections underway for Mathews children and families, a release stated.

Working together for more than 30 years, the Mathews County Department of Social Services, the Peninsula YMCA, numerous local business, churches, civic and social organizations, and an army of volunteers have worked hand in hand to make the holidays a little brighter for those in need.

Among the new items needed are toys, bikes and ride-on trikes; sweatshirts, sweatpants, fleece for men, women and children; kitchen and household items; blankets and throws; personal products (soap, shampoo, gift sets); and personal care products (hair dryers, shavers, curling irons). Used items cannot be accepted.

Monetary contributions are needed, as well. Donations may be brought by Dec. 1 to the Social Services office at 536 Church Street, Mathews, during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,...

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