Lucas County Children Services Kicks off Annual Holiday Gift Drive

Campaign Benefits Abused and Neglected Children

(TOLEDO, OH – November 24, 2009) ― The holiday season is upon us, and
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) and Friends of Lucas County
Children Services (FLCCS) are kicking off their annual Holiday Gift
Drive. With a goal of providing holiday cheer to as many as 2,000 abused
and neglected children being served by LCCS, this year’s theme is,
“Wishing, Hoping, Dreaming."

The goal is to provide gifts for children living with their families
under LCCS supervision, or who are living with relatives in order to be
safe. “We have seen a rise in abuse and neglect cases in Lucas
County,” explains Sherry Dunn, LCCS public information specialist and
campaign coordinator. “When it’s safer for children to live away
from their parents, we always prefer to place them with a relative
before turning to foster care. As a result, we expect the need to be
greater this year,“ she adds.

The gift drive provides toys for children from birth to age 18. While
we are seeking gifts for all age groups, the agency is in particular
need of gifts for children of all ethnic groups who are newborn to 3
years old, and for teenagers.

Several generous community partners are again stepping up to support
the gift drive: Buckeye CableSystem; Bennett Management Corp., a
franchisee of Burger King Corporation®; The Blade; radio station WRVF
101.5 The River; England Furniture and Woodcraft. Local residents are
encouraged to drop a new, unwrapped toy in the collection boxes located
around the community:

● All Toledo-area BURGER KING® restaurants
● The Blade office at 541 North Superior Street
● Buckeye CableSystem bill payment centers located at 5566
Southwyck Boulevard and 2600 West Sylvania Avenue in Toledo, and at 3021
Navarre Avenue, Oregon, inside computerXTREME.
● England Furniture, 4906 Monroe Street
● Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Highway

Thanks to The Blade’s participation in the drive, anyone who brings a
new, unwrapped toy to the Kris Kringle Village scheduled November 28 and
29 at the Erie Street Market will receive $1 off admission.

On Tuesday, December 1, 101.5 The River morning show hosts Mary Beth
Zolik and Rick Woodell will broadcast live from the BURGER KING® at 4870
Monroe Street (across from Westfield Shopping Mall) from 6 to 8 p.m. The
public is encouraged to stop by and support the gift drive during that
time. “We expect this to be a busy shopping evening, and we’re
hoping that shoppers will show they care about abused and neglected
children by stopping by to donate a toy or gift card,“ says Beverly
Benner, vice president, marketing and administration for Bennett
Management Corp.

“We are hoping that with the awareness our partners will bring to
this campaign, that Toledo-area residents will open their hearts and
help us reach our goal of providing toys to all of the children in
need,” says Clare Armbruster, president of Friends of Lucas County
Children Services.

About Lucas County Children Services
The mission of Lucas County Children Services is to lead the community
in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. This is
accomplished by working with families, service providers and community
members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting
in safe, stable and permanent families for children.

About Friends of Lucas County Children Services
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is the government agency that
investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect and provides
protective services when necessary. Friends of Lucas County Children
Services is a 501(c) (3), private non-profit organization that supports
LCCS through various charitable activities. The Holiday Gift Program is
one of those activities.

About Bennett Management Corp.
BENNETT MANAGEMENT CORP. is a family owned and operated Burger King®
Restaurant Franchisee. Through various entities, it owns and operates 29
Burger Kings® in the States of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Bennett
Management owns 23 in the greater Toledo area. They have been a part of
the Burger King® family for over 40 years. Bennett Management Corp. and
the Toledo-area Burger King® restaurants have received many awards for
operations excellence and for contributions to the Brand, and the
communities in which they operate their restaurants. They are the
“HOME OF THE WHOPPER®!"

About The Blade
The Blade is the only comprehensive newspaper published daily in the
Greater Toledo area. It debuted on December 19, 1835, making it the
oldest continuing business in Toledo, Ohio – older than the city
itself. Over the years, it has changed owners several times. The present
owners, the Block family, bought the paper in 1926. Today, it covers 14
counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, and its web site,
toledoblade.com, launched in 1997, is the region’s most viewed online
media source for news. Together, the two entities reach over 80 percent
of the market. The Blade has been honored with numerous awards for its
investigative reporting and photojournalism, including a Pulitzer Prize
for its investigative series, Tiger Force, in 2004, and a Pulitzer Prize
finalist designation for its coverage of the “Coingate” scandal in
2006.

About Buckeye CableSystem
Buckeye CableSystem, Inc., is the largest cable firm operating in the
Toledo, OH, area, with about 130,000 customers in Toledo and 28 of its
contiguous suburbs and adjacent townships and about 20,000 customers in
a sister system in Sandusky, OH, and 10 of its contiguous suburbs and
townships. Buckeye is a wholly owned subsidiary of Block Communications,
Inc.

About WRVF 101.5 The River
101.5 The River is one of Toledo's leading radio stations and is
consistently ranked #2 in the market with over 100,000 unique listeners
each week as rated by Arbitron radio ratings service. 101.5 The River
is owned by Clear Channel Online, Music and Radio and is considered
Toledo's Family Friendly Radio Station. The River is also the place
Toledoans turn for non stop Christmas music during the holidays, making
them an ideal partner in the LCCS toy drive.

About Woodcraft
Woodcraft is a niche national franchise retail store, locally owned and
operated by John and Carroll Nystrom, drawing customers from NW Ohio, SE
Michigan, and NE Indiana. The store is known for its staff of
woodworking experts, woodworking tools and supplies, exotic woods, and
classes for all levels of woodworking experiences.

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