“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 arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org

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.

UNICO’s Annual “Toys for Tots” Drive

UNICO Toys for Tots

Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO National conducted their annual Toys for Tots Drive at their Christmas party at Fiorelli’s Catering.

The U.S. Marine representatives were pleasantly surprised with the number of donated toys.

Pictured with the Marines are party guests who have served in the various U.S. Armed Services. Shown from left are Ed Swiencki, Bob Kovatch, Frank Coviello, Bob Tagert, Ray Tropeano, Marine LCPL. Robert Vickery, Tom Carlucci, Marine SSGT. Vladislav Kostek, Steve Evers, Chapter president Nanine Gramigna, Joe Berardelli, event cochairmen Peter and Sallie Noto, James Mack and Frank Ruggiero.