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Children smile as they pose with presents they received last month during the Kids 'n Smiles Toy Drive in North Hills. 

FORT WASHINGTON -- The Kids ‘n Smiles Toy Drive at an after school program on Gerard Avenue in North Hills last month appeared to be a great success, according to Fort Washington Business Alliance and Executive Board President Glenn Griffin.

“Caring, kindness and generosity defined this year’s Kids ‘n Smiles Toy Drive,” Griffin said in a statement.

Santa Claus gave at least three wrapped gifts to each child, according to Griffin. He added that volunteers from area middle and high schools received a $20 gift card. 

Griffin expressed his appreciation to all who helped organize and fund the party that took place on Dec. 18.

Student members of the Upper Dublin Aquatic Club and the U.D. Democratic Committee helped gather donations, according to Griffin. Linda Brink, of the Upper Dublin Parks and Recreation Department, also assisted in acquiring gifts. 

Toys were collected at the following locations:

  • C.J. Custom Catering & Cafe on 550 Pinetown Road, Suite 200, in Fort Washington

  • Lester Martin Jewelers in Dreshertown Plaza, B27, on 1650 Limekiln Pike in Dresher

  • Upper Dublin Public Library on 805 Loch Alsh Ave. in Fort Washington

  • Upper Dublin Township Building on 801 Loch Alsh Ave. in Fort Washington

Griffin also said that township members donated the proceeds from a 50-50 drawing to the toy drive.

Griffin also praised a number of individual and group donors for their monetary contributions to the event last month including the Upper Dublin Police Benevolent Association, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation as well as several community members. 

Additionally, Griffin said that Brick & Barrel GastroPub Owner Karl Diehl donated 11 pizzas for the party.

“There are many caring people and groups to acknowledge who helped us all ‘Believe in the Magic,’” Griffin said in a statement.

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