KNOX - The Knox Borough Police Department has announced holiday food and toy drives for needy families in the Knox-area.

The Knox Volunteer Fire Department and Dollar General in Knox have joined this year's efforts.

"We are doing our annual Knox ‘Fill-a-Car' event from 3 to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 at Tom's Riverside," explained Knox Borough Police Chief Jason Bowen. "We're really pleased to the Knox Volunteer Fire Department joining us this year."

Bowen said the effort also includes a toy donation drive.

Bowen said the food is going to be provided to the Knox Caring Cupboard and the toys collected are going to be provided to families in need in Knox Borough, Salem Township, Beaver Township and Ashland Township the areas covered by the Knox VFD and Knox Ambulance Service.

Donations for the following items are needed: canned foods to include fruits and vegetables and meats; holiday baking items, snacks, peanut butter, noodles; toothbrushes; toothpaste; soaps; personal hygiene items; toilet tissue; cleaning liquids such as: Mr. Clean, Mean Green and Murphy's Oil Soap; and paper towels.

The Knox Borough Police Department Bowen and police officer Nicole Peck -- has teamed up this year with the Dollar General in Knox.

"Together we are doing a toy drive at the Dollar General in Knox," said Bowen. "The toy collection started Nov. 11 and will run through the second week of December. Dollar General has a box set up inside of the store for collection and if anyone is interested toys can also be dropped off at the Knox Borough Police Department up till the second week of December as well."

Bowen said the police department expanded its efforts this year with the help of the VFD and Dollar general as many families in the community are struggling.

"We thought this is a way for us to be a team to help those out in need," explained Bowen. "The toys collected here will also be provided to families in this area. We are asking that if anyone knows of a family that can use the extra help this Christmas to please reach out to us at 814-797-1100 as the family has to be from the one of the mentioned above areas."