Saturday, December 15, 2012
Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Here are some things to do in West St. Louis County this weekend.
From seeing ol' St. Nick in person to helping out a good cause for the holidays, there's lots in West St. Louis County to do to celebrate the Christmas season this year. Check this roundup of events shared with Patch in the area to find the best ones for you, your friends and family this weekend. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 St. Louis Green Holiday Light Recycling Drive: This ongoing drive allows you to drop off your used holiday lights at area Walmart locations and benefit Operation Food Search at the same time. The drop-off continues through Dec. 30. Toys for Tots: Help out Toys for Tots by donating unwrapped toys at the All Star Dental office in Eureka. Eureka Boy Scout Troop 322 Christmas Tree Lot: Still looking for that must-have tree? Stop by…
One man donated several hundred figurines from his private Star Wars collection.
U.S. Marines representing the Toys for Tots program said they definitely wanted to handle the annual Eureka pickup because it's such a good turnout of toys and community citizens for the donation send-off. Three Marines on Friday picked up 1,161 toys from The Wallach House Antiques and Home Furnishings. That's more than this year's goal of 1,000, and definitely better than last year's total of 787 items. Sgt. Gavin Lewis of the U.S. Marines said they started picking up toys in mid-November. "It's going great, and we're just getting to the busy locations of gas stations and businesses, like what's happening in Eureka," he said. The haul from Eureka donations, which included some bicycles, filled the entire truck the Marines brought. "This …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Need some new ideas for the holidays this year? And just available as of Thursday are the Toys for Tots collection boxes, so feel free to drop off toy donations all in one swoop.
Trying to get into the holiday spirit, while searching for decorating ideas? Then visit the Wallach House Home Furnishings and Antiques in Eureka Friday and Saturday for a Holiday Open House between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Owner Mary Wallach said there will be florals, inspirations, wine and gourmet food tasting, great gift selections and "decorations old and new." She said shoppers' surprises and discount opportunities will be circulated around the store. The Wallach House carries quite a variety of other items besides antiques, such as youth clothing, jewelry, candles, dishes, kitchen gadgets, linens, seasonal decorations, specialty teas, wines, soup mixes, sauces and dry mixes for different occasions. Wallach continuously adds to the …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Eureka business leaders and city employees collected Toys For Tots donations for the fourth year in a row; donations increased from last year, even during these tough economic times.
U.S. Marines picked up 787 donations Friday from Eureka for the annual Tots For Tots drive. Spearheaded by Mary Wallach and Laurie Price of The Wallach House in Eureka, they said the quality of toys this year seemed especially good. Price said six more boxes than last year were out around town, and that the cailber and variety of toys should be commended. Sgt. Gavin Lewis of the U.S. Marines said they work with 250 organizations and church groups, as well as through the Demetrius Johnson Foundation, to identify recipients, but that the toys are meant to stay in St. Louis County and St. Louis. He said they also work through United Service Organizations (USO) volunteers to get the toys to children in need. USO is a private, nonprofit …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
There's still a little time to donate locally a new toy to the U.S. Marine Toys For Tots annual campaign.
Starbucks Coffee Company in Wildwood has a collection bin for new toys and games being donated to this year's Toys For Tots annual holiday drive. The Starbucks crew said U.S. Marines will pick up all donations by Tuesday, so all donations should be taken to the store by Monday evening. Quite a few really nice items, such as Build-A-Bear animals, have been donated there already.
Monday, December 12, 2011
U.S. Marines Corps Reserve have been spearheading this annual holiday drive since 1947, and this year, Eureka businesses and residents continued to ensure that deserving but unfortunate children will receive toys for Christmas.
For anyone meaning to donate to the annual Toys For Tots drive in Eureka, this is the last week to do so locally. The primary goal of this program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Laurie Price, of The Wallach House, said she and Mary Wallach today started collecting the boxes from the other participating entities and businesses in Eureka, so donors now for the rest of this week should drop off toys at Wallach House. The antique store is located at 510 West Ave. in Eureka. "We at The Wallach House would love to say a big thank you to all of the businesses that are participating in this year's toy drive …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Thanks to owners of The Wallach House Antique Store in Eureka who spearheaded others, many more families are getting relief this holiday season. Sixteen area businesses and city officials served as collection points this year.
An impressive total of 753 toys got donated from Eureka businesses to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots program Friday morning. In addition, $118 in cash was donated. Sgt. Gavin Lewis of the U.S. Marines, said he was going to use the money to go shopping Friday evening specifically for teen-oriented gifts to add to the campaign. Laurie Price, of The Wallach House Antiques, said they would like to extend a special thanks to the customers and teams at Jefferson Bank & Trust and Comprehensive Chiropractic Wellness Center for their generosity and extra work on the campaign. The staff at Carol's Hallmark also donated 80 Christmas cards to send to U.S. Marine soldiers. This was the third year that the staff of The Wallach…