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Santa Claus cut the ribbon Monday afternoon to officially open the headquarters for Community Christmas -- Sharing With Children Toy Drive at the former Montgomery Ward Store on Main Street.

Applications for the receipt of toys will be taken at the headquarters from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 18.

Donations of toys and money can also be made during the same hours. Toys will be distributed Dec. 20 through 22.

The drive has been joined by the the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots from Buffalo.

The local drive was begun three years ago. All toys and funds collected locally will be distributed in the local area, according to the board of directors.

Nearly 3,000 children have received toys in the last two years. Economic conditions are expected to increase the number of children who need toys this year.

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