(The following article appeared in the October 16, 2014, Southeast Sun.)
The Marine Corps League Wiregrass Detachment, along with 15 organizations from Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties, are partnering to organize registration for the 9th annual Toys for Tots program in the Wiregrass. Last year, over 2,800 children in our local communities received Christmas gifts from the Toys for Tots program.
If you have not already signed up your kids for a Christmas toys program and if you are a resident of Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry or Houston County with children between the ages of 0 – 12 years of age and would like to sign them up for this year’s Toys For Tots program, dial 2-1-1 (toll free) on your phone or 1-888-421-1266 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. only, Monday through Friday. A 2-1-1 call specialist will review the qualifications with you and let you know when and where to sign up your children. Registration will end Nov. 20.
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to children who may not have had the opportunity of receiving gifts. The primary goal is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to these children and to motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
If you would like to donate to this year’s Toys For Tots program, be a drop off location for donated new toys, or for additional information, call Toys for Tots Coordinator Mike Walton at (334) 712-6843.