One group is trying to make sure that Santa Claus doesn't miss any homes in Derby this year.
Operation Holiday Derby, in its 26th year, serves families in the Derby school district who need toys or food during the holidays.
Families submit an application in October, then volunteers collect food and toys to match those families.
Operation Holiday Derby chairwoman Colleen Richardson said the group helped more than 400 children and about 240 families last year.
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One way residents can give is at the Derby Christmas tree lighting. Participants are asked to bring a food item for Operation Holiday.
The tree lighting is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Derby High School.
Richardson said the group reviews the needs of each family and then tries to help as much as it can. If possible, she said, families are provided with food for several days, not just one holiday meal.
Some volunteers offer to sponsor an entire family, too.
"We try to meet as many people's needs as we possibly can," Richardson said.