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Center hosts Dec. 2 citywide toy, clothing and food drive

November 26, 2018 GMT

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 South Braeswood, will host a citywide clothing, toy and food drive from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Participating in the drive with the center are B’nai B’rith, Edward M Gardner PC CPA and Temple Sinai Brotherhood.

“Hurricane Harvey has put a strain on our community and items are still needed to help those who have flooded and who are in need,” said Ed Gardner, CPA Project chairman and project founder.

The community is asked to bring non-perishable food, clothing and toys that will be donated to the Star of Hope. Donations will be collected in an 18-wheel truck at the center.


“Holidays are a time of joy, giving and love with our families,” said Gardner. “There are a lot of individuals in our community less fortunate than us.”

Receipts will be issued for those who want to take a deduction for tax purposes. Last year the project helped approximately 12,000 people. The goal this year is 20,000 plus.

“For the last 37 years, we have helped approximately 354,000 fellow Houstonians,” said Gardner. “Many families still need help. Help us help our neighbors.”

For those in West Houston, Temple Sinai at 13875 Brimhurst Drive in Houston, will collect items from 9 a.m.-noon.

People who would like to volunteer are asked to call Gardner at 713-942-1040. He said volunteers are needed to collect items from donor cars and put them in the trailer.

Accepted items:

Clothing-gently used or new- men, women and children’s - Clean and free of stains and tears

Pairs of shoes: clean, gently used or new

New undergarments: men, women and children

Bras and panties

Men’s boxer shorts

Socks and T-shirts

Winter coats, sweaters, jackets, etc.

Hygiene Products—new/unopened

shampoo, deodorant, lotion, soap

toothpaste and tooth brushes

toilet paper and feminine napkins

cotton balls and facial tissue

diapers, pull-ups and wet wipes

Bibles and educational books

Paper goods: plates, bowls, napkins, forks, spoons & knives

Linens-Clean, gently used or new:

Sheets and pillow cases

Bath towels and wash clothes

New blankets (no bedspreads)

Bottled water; canned goods (regular and bulk sizes)

Unexpired, non-perishable foods

Over the counter medications—new/unopened,

New toys and games (no bicycles)

Alarm clocks

Not Accepted items:


To ensure the health and safety of clients, as well as make best use of limited storage space, the following items cannot be accepted:

Used undergarments

Used toys: used stuffed animals, used dolls, used toy trucks, etc.

Partially used hygiene products

Open, “broken seal” medical products

Pots, pans, dishes, silverware, etc.

Mattresses, box springs, headboards, bed frames etc.

Computers, printers and peripheral equipment

Telephones, fax and copy machines, etc.

Paint, charcoal, matches and other flammables

Residential or office furniture and appliances

TVs, radios, microwaves, toaster ovens, etc.

Christmas ornaments and other seasonal decorations

Damaged, broken or inoperable items