You’ve probably seen numerous Toys for Tots drop off spots around both Vigo and Clay counties, but the local Marine Corps Reserve says the donation level is lower than it should be.
Gifts for 3 to five year old girls are lacking at this point in the donation collection. The reserve has around 1,100 toys, which isn’t quite where they want to be.
Last year they collected around 4,000 toys and $24,000 in monetary donations. They have to serve the children of 600 families. That’s brand new toys for newborns and up to 12 year old children. Children get a variety of different size gifts and stocking stuffers. The reserve stops taking donations around December 12, but there could be room for some flexibility.
“Participating in toys for tots give an opportunity to connect with the community, helps enrich the lives of the children that will one day be the future of our community. I know personally I get phone calls day in and day out of family members who are struggling for help and that’s what toys for tots is,” Sgt. Alan Maria, Toys for Tots coordinator said.
The reserve will shop for toys with the monetary donations and distribute them on December 15th at Meadows Plaza. The sign up for families in need has already closed, but if families are still in need, they’re encouraged to reach out to the Salvation Army, before December 1st or 2nd.
Toys for tots has been around for 70 years. For more information on where you can donate brand new toys, visit http://www.toysfortots.org/default.aspx