Toys for Tots campaign underway

December 3rd, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

The annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign is underway and organizer Sgt. Wayne Fulmer says that there is an increased need this year.

“In the nine-county area that we service, the numbers are up more than 15,000 from last year,” said Fulmer.

The regional Toys for Tots campaign encompasses southwest Ohio, southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky.

The Toys for Tots program was implemented in 1947 in Los Angeles, Calif. The first year they collected 5,000 toys. In 1948, the U.S. Marine Corps adopted the program and expanded it to cover the entire nation. In 1959, the campaign became international with outreach to children in devastated areas around the world. Up until 1979, Marines accepted used toys and would spend drill weekends refurbishing the toys. Since 1980, they have accepted only new toys.

In 2006, the Tri-State Toys for Tots was awarded "Campaign of the Year" for its efforts. The campaign collected 86,305 toys to distribute to 28,316 needy children.

A number of drop off barrels are located throughout Clermont County. The locations accept new, unwrapped toys for distribution to area children in need. They will continue collecting toys through Dec. 10. Area collection points include, Schumacher Homes located 4257 McKeever Pike in Williamsburg; Amelia Village offices, located on Main Street; the Batavia Salvation Army, 600 Kilgore Avenue; Drees Homes Crosspointe, 2150 Commons Circle Drive, in Batavia; Drees Homes Shayler Park, in Batavia; KOI Auto Parts in Amelia; Marquis Homes Woodside Park in Amelia; Toys R Us at Eastgate; White Castle restaurants; Meijer Stores and Coldwell Banker-West Shell Realtors.

To be eligible to receive the toys you must be a low-income household with children under age 13 or be affiliated with a church, social service or other community outreach program.

The Marine Corps Reserve is working in collaboration with The Salvation Army in the collection and distribution of the toys. Contact the Salvation Army at (513) 762-5649 or (513) 242-9100 for more information.
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