Delivering Smiles to Children for the Holidays

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recently presented a $25,000 donation to support the annual Toys For Tots Drive.  Due to the economic hardships created by the COVID 19 pandemic, this gift helped to deliver smiles, hope, and Santa to children during the holiday season.

Shown from left are:  Brenda Sacco, Lackawanna County Economic Development Director; Commissioner Chris Chermak, Marine Staff Sergeant Sal Dely, J.J. Perrone, Lackawanna County Economic Development Department; Commissioner Debi Domenick, Esq., and Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.   

“Festival of Trees” To Kick Off Dec. 14th

trees festival

The annual Festival of Trees exhibit and “Toys for Tots” fundraiser will be held at the Marketplace at Steamtown from Dec. 14 – Jan. 12.  The exhibit opens with a Preview Party fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 13. The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is currently seeking non-profit organizations, businesses, churches and schools to sponsor and decorate a tree. All funds raised from the trees go directly to “Toys for Tots.”  Participants must supply their own artificial tree. 

This year the event looks to celebrate diversity with the theme Here, There and Everywhere! Celebrating Fall and Winter Traditions from Around the World.

 The cost to sponsor a tree is $50 for non-profits, schools and small businesses (50 or under employees) and $100 for corporations (over 50 employees).  

To register a tree, send checks or money orders, made payable to “Toys for Tots,” to Chris Calvey, Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA 18503. 

Applications may be downloaded from the Lackawanna County website or requested by calling 570-963-6590, ext. 106. Please email any questions to

Depending on space availability, trees may be registered until Dec, 12. All trees must be set-up by Dec. 13.

AARP Sponsors “Toys for Tots” Event

AARP toys for tots

AARP Chapter 3731 North East Pennsylvania, recently held its annual Christmas party and sponsored their first “Toys for Tots” event.

Pictured are two local U.S. Marines with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause. The Chapter meets the first Monday of each month (except January and February) at Asbury United Methodist Church,  Scranton. The Chapter serves seniors citizens 50 and over.

“We’re here to serve and not to be served.”

Contact David Phaneuf, senior vice president at 570-892-1619, for information.