The Derry Community Fund is once again ready this holiday season.
The Community Fund has been a longstanding tradition in the Greater Derry area for more than four decades, serving families and individuals every year with food, clothing and toys.
The volunteer group relies on help from local businesses, individuals and organizations as it readies to help people this year.
Community Fund organizers expect the number of those in need to increase over last year’s 300 families helped.
This year, food baskets will be distributed at Thanksgiving and toys will be distributed at Christmas.
Last year, the fund helped more than 200 families providing Thanksgiving food, and another 140 families were helped at Christmas.
Another 115 families were assisted by other community and civic efforts through coordinated efforts with the Community Fund.
Community Fund organizer Diana Lagasse said supplies are low at local food pantries and donations to the Community Fund food drive can help relieve some of that stress.
Derry schools, churches and other town groups also collect food and other items to help families in need.
Lagasse hopes people will be generous again this year.
The Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, will be a drop-off location for new, unwrapped toy donations. Toys can be dropped off beginning Dec. 1.
Family holiday shopping for toys is set for Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.
For information about the Derry Community Fund, visit dnhcf.org.