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Commons residents support Christmas toy drive
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From left, Nicole Bacon, who is the Director of Resident Enrichment at the Commons at Union Ranch, along with resident Ruth Gee and her Director of Sales & Marketing Deanna Dedios, display the donated items from the Christmas Toy Drive benefiting the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County. - photo by VINCE REMBUALT

Some 90 residents call the Commons at Union Ranch home.

With the holidays being the time for giving, many put forth the effort by donating to the Christmas Toy Drive benefiting the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County.

“The CCC is dedicated to protecting high-risk children and helping them heal beyond traumatic family events,” said Nicole Bacon.

She’s the Director of Resident Enrichment at the Manteca senior living apartments – this includes assisted living and memory care.

“I was calling around to find a local charity – I wanted to make sure our donations would make an impact on people’s lives,” Bacon said on Friday, which was the last day of the Christmas Toy Drive that kicked off Nov. 1.

She along with Director of Sales & Marketing Deanna Dedios were overwhelmed with generosity of the residents, who donated new and unwrapped toys and other items suitable for a boy or girl from infancy to age 5.

The CCC of Stanislaus County is a private non-profit organization with shelters in Modesto, Ceres, Turlock and Oakdale.

For the past 38 years, the center has offered emergency respite care, overnight shelter, therapeutic play and crisis counseling to protect and console children from abusive family circumstances.

For more information, log on to www.childrencrisiscenter.com.