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Explore & More collect toys for local children in need


Wed, Nov 10th 2021 11:50 am

Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum announced its open house weekend and toy drive collection kickoff is set for Nov. 19-20.

Throughout the open house, presented by State Farm, the museum invites the community to celebrate the unofficial start of winter. Admission is $5. As always, members get in free. There will be festive activities for families throughout the museum, plus every child will go home with a free gift.

Explore & More is located at 130 Main St., Buffalo.

CEO Michelle Urbanczyk said, "This is a magical time of year for everyone, especially our children. We want to keep that magic alive. By offering discounted admission, families can enjoy a day of fun, safe, hands-on play. The toy drive is our special way of giving back to our wonderful community and ensuring every child has a gift to unwrap this holiday season.”

This event also marks the launch of Explore & More's toy drive, to benefit Resurrection Life Food Pantry, a member of the WNY Holiday Partnership. The public is welcome to drop off new, unwrapped toys to the museum where they can then enter to win a museum prize pack, which includes a museum membership for four.

Resurrection Life Food Pantry Director Kim Reynolds said, "As a member agency of the WNY Holiday Partnership providing toys and gifts for children across WNY, our primary goal is – through the gift of a new toy – to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to WNY's less-fortunate children."

The toy collection will continue through December; the public is invited to drop off toys in person or to shop our Amazon Wishlist here if they prefer.

More information on our open house can be found here. Information regarding the toy drive can be found here.

Located in the heart of Buffalo, at Canalside, Explore & More offers children and families four floors to “unlock the limitless potential in all of us.” Visit exploreandmore.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Resurrection Life Food Pantry is a designated high-capacity/high-priority emergency food relief organization providing emergency food to households throughout Western New York. Through the compassion and faithfulness of over 100 volunteers, combined with support from partners such as Walmart, US Foods, Latina Foodservice, The Goodness Project and FeedMore WNY, Res Life serves low-income seniors, chronically homeless veterans, children and adults struggling with food insecurity.

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