Again this year, The Village Bank and the City of Newton Department of Health and Human Services are combining efforts in order to brighten the upcoming holiday season for local children who may otherwise be overlooked. The ninth annual Holiday Gift Drive is now underway and runs through December 12.

The Bank and the City are encouraging local residents, businesses and community partners to once again play an active role in the Holiday Gift Drive through donations of new, unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 10. Suggested gifts include age-appropriate DVDs, games, sporting goods, and toys. A donation of gift certificates purchased from local merchants will also benefit businesses in the community.

The Village Bank’s Newton branches in Auburndale, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Highlands, Waban and West Newton are serving as Holiday Gift Drive collection sites.

Last year’s Holiday Gift Drive provided gifts for the young children of more than 200 income-eligible families.