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Laura Beahm talks to Hastings High teacher Gwen Davidson Thursday while delivering a Goodfellows toy donation box to the school.

Boxes have been placed around Hastings for the donation of toys for the annual Goodfellows program, which provides food and gifts to area families for the holiday season.

New, unwrapped toys for boys and girls up to age 12 can be left in any of the drop boxes at businesses or schools around the city.

Toys need to be unwrapped so they can be sorted by target age and gender.

Toys that are safe for children under 2 are useful because some toys with small parts can be a choking hazard for infants.

The toy drive is just one part of the Goodfellows campaign. Families benefited by the program also receive a box of food with enough food to last about a week.

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Laura Beahm delivers a Goodfellows toy donation box to Hastings Middle School Thursday. Toy donations will be accepted through Dec. 16.

About 500 individuals are served each year by the Goodfellows program.

Goodfellows applications will be accepted until Dec. 9. Applications may be mailed in or taken to the Hastings Tribune at 908 W. Second St.

People accepted by the Goodfellows program will have boxes of food and/or toys for children 12 or younger delivered to their homes on Dec. 21 by 10 a.m. Recipients must be home to receive delivery. Anyone who may not be home at that time can pick up a box on Dec. 20 at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

The Hastings Tribune began the Goodfellows program in 1926.

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