www.toysfortots.org Each year members of the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves work with 78 area churches and organizations to collect and distribute Toys for Tots. About 48,000 toys were collected last year. The mission? To make sure that no child goes without a toy on Christmas morning. Did you know? About 50,000 children in Harrisburg and the surrounding area benefited from the program last year."> www.toysfortots.org Each year members of the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves work with 78 area churches and organizations to collect and distribute Toys for Tots. About 48,000 toys were collected last year. The mission? To make sure that no child goes without a toy on Christmas morning. Did you know? About 50,000 children in Harrisburg and the surrounding area benefited from the program last year."> www.toysfortots.org Each year members of the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves work with 78 area churches and organizations to collect and distribute Toys for Tots. About 48,000 toys were collected last year. The mission? To make sure that no child goes without a toy on Christmas morning. Did you know? About 50,000 children in Harrisburg and the surrounding area benefited from the program last year."> Holiday Checklist | witf Events | witf.org
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Written by witf | Nov 21, 2011 9:17 PM

Here are 10 creative, generous and fun ways to celebrate the holidays in Central PA this year.  There's giving, getting, eating, decorating  - and a beverage to accompany them all!

 

DONATE TOYS FOR KIDS

Toys for Tots • Harrisburg; www.toysfortots.org

Each year members of the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves work with 78 area churches and organizations to collect and distribute Toys for Tots. About 48,000 toys were collected last year. The mission? To make sure that no child goes without a toy on Christmas morning.

Did you know? About 50,000 children in Harrisburg and the surrounding area benefited from the program last year

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THINK BIG BOWS

Highland Gardens, Lower Allen Twp.; 717.737.8633; www.highlandgardens.org

Highland Gardens creates bows of all sizes each holiday season for wreaths, swags, lamp posts, arrangements, grave sites, as well as for special oversized gifts such as cars and pianos. Last year, they used 3,944 yards of ribbon in their bows.

So, if you want to tie on a big bow, nursery manager Erica Shaffer recommends steering your reindeer toward Lower Allen Twp.

Did you know? Red velvet bows were requested by 75 percent of all customers last year.


SEE THE WONDER

Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda Christmas Tree 2011

Harrisburg Last year’s 21-foot Concolor tree was donated by the Botek family from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County. It was decorated with more than 300 handmade ornaments from 25 senior centers from across the state.

“Handmade ornaments create good will and joy as they become part of this year’s tree,” said Secretary of Aging Brian Duke.

Did you know? Last year’s tree also featured 600 LED lights.

 

GO FOR A REAL TREE

McCurdy’s Tree Farm, Carroll Twp.; 717.432.4017 www.mccurdystreefarm.com
Each year McCurdy’s Tree Farm in Dillsburg plants 8,000 to 10,000 young trees to replace those sold in previous years as Christmas trees. “Come out and enjoy the season for some family fun,” said Mark McCurdy, owner.

Did you know? It takes seven years for a tree to grow seven feet.

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DONATE FOOD AND TIME
Central PA Food Bank, Susquehanna Twp.; 717.564.1700 www.centralpafoodbank.org

During the average year, the Central PA Food Bank in Susquehanna Twp. serves about 250,000 people from 27 counties in and around Central PA. In the capital region, for example, about 90,000 people are served annually.

Food bank workers move 20 million pounds of food or 15.6 million meals each year. Because of the economy, many people who once donated or volunteered at the food bank now require its services.
Did you know? The annual amount of food provided by the food bank equals 667 loaded tractor-trailers.

 

MAKE OLD-FASHIONED CANDY
Cake and Candy Emporium’s Clear Toy Candy Mould Kits, Lancaster; 717.898.2482   www.cleartoycandymoulds.com

Clear toy molds were first produced in 1853 in Philadelphia. The candies were the toys children received as Christmas presents back in those days. Nancy Fasolt, author of “Clear Toy Candy: All About the Traditional Holiday Treat With Steps for Making Your Own Candy,” estimates that she has made more than four tons of traditional clear candy toys during her lifetime.

In the Lancaster company’s kit, there are 29 individual impressions, including 50 lollipop sticks and 50 cellophane bags. Yellow is the natural color of the syrup.

Did you know? Ideally, clear candy is made at 34 degrees Fahrenheit with no humidity.


GROW AN UNUSUAL POINSETTIA
Esbenshades Garden Center, Elizabeth Twp.; 717.626.7007; www.esbenshades.com

With 12 acres of greenhouses dedicated to the cause, Esbenshades Garden Center sold roughly 240,000 poinsettia plants to customers in seven states last year.

“Esbenshade’s Holiday Evening of Joy is a great time to preview all the new varieties and enjoy free food, activities and live Christmas music,” said Terry Esbenshade, owner, of the event held during the evening of Black Friday, Nov. 25.

Did you know? The center grows 67 varieties that range from red and white to pink marble and peppermint.

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TASTE TRADITION
S. Clyde Weaver, East Petersburg; 717.569.0812; www.sclydeweaver.com

S. Clyde and Emma Weaver started their business in 1920, and it became famous for its smoked meats and cheese.

Sand tarts are also a holiday favorite from the bakery and feature more than 15 colors of decorative sanding sugar. (Four hundred pounds of sanding sugar is used each year.)

Weaver’s most popular cheese is Super Sharp Canadian Cheddar which is aged for 1,825 days. Every vat of cheese is sampled and graded for a precise flavor profile before it enters the aging program.

Did you know? During the holiday, Weaver’s uses more than seven miles of plastic wrap and almost 37,000 feet of ribbon.

 


SIP A SEASONAL FAVORITE
Troegs Mad Elf Beer Derry Twp.; 717.534.1297; www.troegs.com

Troegs Mad Elf Beer — which is 11 percent alcohol by volume — gained its name with the appearance of a crude elf sketch on a napkin. At the factory, the filler runs about 100 bottles a minute for an average about 200 packed cases an hour.

Did you know? The midstate brewery moved to Derry Twp. this fall.

 

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VOLUNTEER TO RING A BELL
Salvation Army Harrisburg; 717.233.6755 www.salvationarmyharrisburg.org

With its goal of “doing the most good,” the Salvation Army serves the needy around the globe and down the street.

How you can help: Volunteer to ring a bell at a kettle location. Know that all the funds raised stay in the region to feed the hungry, assist in the wake of disasters and support at-risk youth. You can volunteer as an individual, as an employee or family group — and you can choose a kettle location that’s convenient for you. Contact: Elizabeth.Mumper@use.salvationarmy.org.

Did you know? More than 3.4 million individuals of all ages volunteered with the Salvation Army last year.

 






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