Family’s annual Nick of Time gift drive underway

From staff reports

The annual In the Nick of Time campaign, a community project designed to provide area teenagers with holiday gifts, is underway.

The initiative honors the memory of Nick Sanford, a Cranberry High School student who died at the age of 17 in an automobile accident in 2003.

Sanford’s family and friends team up every year with Community Services of Venango County to collect the gifts, and this is the 17th year for the effort.

The gifts can be dropped off from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, during the annual In the Nick of Time gathering at the Double Play sports bar and restaurant in Oil City.

Stacey Salsgiver, who is Nick Sanford’s mother, owns Double Play along with her husband, Jim, and the couple coordinate the drive every year and host the party at their business.

The get-together at Double Play usually attracts dozens of people from here and elsewhere who were friends of Sanford and remain close with the rest of the family.

Those who attend that day are asked to take an unwrapped, teenager-appropriate gift. The gifts will be matched to names and ages of boys and girls ages 13 to 18 on the Community Services list.

Snacks will be available during the gathering.

Anyone who wants to buy a gift but can’t attend that day can drop off the gift at Double Play.

Individuals, families and businesses have all been very generous over the years, according to the Salsgivers, and they say they are always grateful and much appreciative of the support from the community.

Anyone with questions can contact Stacey Salsgiver at (814) 677-3944 or (814) 678-4994 or Cassie Montello, who is Stacey’s daughter, at (814) 673-3190.