The COVID-19 pandemic has made this year difficult for many, and with Christmas in five weeks, some families may be struggling about how to provide gifts for their children.

The 27th Annual Toy Time is still on schedule to help with the holiday, with some modifications made for safety purposes.

“We have been working with the Health Department and we are taking extra precautions that the Health Department recommended,” said Ami Pitt, Combined Community Services.

She said in a typical year, the event provides Christmas gifts for about 1,700 children.

“CCS is seeing a huge rise in people coming to the food pantry and in seeking assistance. Yesterday, we saw a huge number of people. COVID has caused a huge struggle for many families,” Pitt said Tuesday. “With everything our country has been going through this year, and with everything we’ve gone through locally, Christmas means even more this year, I think.”

She said families just want to have a “normal” Christmas, and normal for children means toys and parents want to provide their kids with those gifts.

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14-17, people can take their good quality used toys and children’s items to Home & Family Arts Building at the Kosciusko County fairgrounds. Volunteers will price them and put them in a sale, with 50% going toward buying new toys for the CCS toy giveaway and the consignor receives the other half.

The sale is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 19 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Toys that don’t sell will be “rehomed” as Christmas gifts.

“People can clean out their toy boxes and make 50% of the sale price and it all benefits the giveaway,” Pitt said.

The CCS toy giveaway will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 22 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23.

Donations of Bibles also will be accepted to be given away.

To keep the event safe, Warsaw Community Schools has donated the use of equipment to sanitize the used toys and the new toys.

The event will be limited to 100 people in the building at a time. Masking and social distancing will be required.

Volunteers will be kept “in-house,” Pitt said, and this year no outside volunteers will be permitted. Temperatures of volunteers will be monitored.

For more information, call Ami Pitt at 574-265-4179 or visit Its Toy Time on Facebook and Instagram.