Central Union Mission collects gifts every year to make sure no kids go without a present for the holidays.
The tradition goes back at least to 1925 with first lady Grace Coolidge, but right now, the effort is 240 gifts short.
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Donations usually come from offices, churches and other groups, but because of the pandemic most are working and meeting online, affecting toy collection efforts.
To help this holiday season, bring a gift donation to the Family Ministry Center at 3194 Bladensburg Road in Northeast D.C. by Dec. 16. Drop off hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The driveway is between Popeye’s and Auto Collision Center.