Johnstown area residents have several opportunities to give, and receive, this holiday season.

Johnstown area residents have several opportunities to give, and receive, this holiday season.

A Toys "B" Us Shop at the Faith Fellowship Office, 24 S. Main St. in Johnstown, is accepting donations of gently used or new toys for children of all ages.

Heather Berry, of Faith Fellowship, said items may be dropped off at the office on Monday, Nov. 30, between 9:30 a.m. and noon; Wednesday, Dec. 2, between 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon; Thursday, Dec. 3, between 2 and 6:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, Dec. 8, between 5 and 8 p.m.

Later in December, at dates and times to be announced, the toy shop will be open to families within the church and community to go Christmas shopping for free.

The Knights of Columbus Johnstown Chapter 4324 and Faith Fellowship are also continuing to take "Adopt-A-Family" requests for families who need assistance until Sunday, Dec. 6.

Stephanie Szekely, who's assisting with the effort, said 58 families have already sought help.

"We have had more people agree to adopt than have asked for help," she said. "It's a good problem to have."

The families seeking assistance have between one and six children.

"We have three families with six kids," Szekely said. "We have half a dozen families who would like to sponsor others."

Anyone who still needs assistance can call Szekely at 740-817-1389.

The distribution dates and time for Adopt-A-Family are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18; and 6 to 10 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 20-21.

American Legion Post 254 in Johnstown is also hosting its annual Toys for Tots collection for the needy children of the Johnstown and Northridge school districts (Croton, Homer, Alexandria and Johnstown).

The Legion has provided collection boxes at the following locations in hopes of helping children of the community: Bishop Scovell, Hot Spot, Lash Chevrolet, Heartland Bank of Johnstown, Kroger, Park National Bank, Johnstown Recreation Center, Johnstown Village Offices, Coughlin Ford, the fire houses in Johnstown and Croton, Johnstown Animal Hospital, Kroger, Johnstown's Babcock Library, Alexandria Library, Johnstown-Monroe High School, Tech Rubber, Chimes Terrace, Southern Baptist Church, New Look, the Dollar Store and Dollar General in Johnstown.

The legion also welcomes any phone calls to donate toys or cash.

The distribution of toys will be Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Johnstown Community Center on Maple Street. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. to obtain the ages and number of children.

Post 254 helped a record number of 170 children from 53 families during last year's distribution of toys.

Of the 53 families who were helped by the legion, 41 families with 136 children were from the J-M school district. Twelve families with 34 children were from the Northridge school district.

The legion has collected and purchased 3,000 to 4,000 toys each of the last few years for the Toys for Tots drive.

For more information, call Bruce Tolle at 740-405-3841.