11/23/2010 6:01:00 AM
Program looks to provide more Toys for Tots this year
 


Butch Meriwether
Butch's Brew
CourtesyKingman Mayor John Salem (right) and City Councilman Dick Anderson stand alongside a Toys for Tots donation bin located at the Kingman City Complex, 310 N. Fourth St. The Marine Corps League will be collecting toys for needy children from now through Dec. 19.
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Kingman Mayor John Salem (right) and City Councilman Dick Anderson stand alongside a Toys for Tots donation bin located at the Kingman City Complex, 310 N. Fourth St. The Marine Corps League will be collecting toys for needy children from now through Dec. 19.




KINGMAN - It's that time of the year again when Kingman Detachment 887 of the Marine Corps League, in coordination with various businesses and concerned citizens, comes together to help provide toys for needy local children for the holiday season.

Local Marine Corps League members and volunteers have launched the 63nd Annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive in Northern Mohave County, and they hope to surpass the numbers of toys gathered and distributed to children last year.

Caring individuals donated 7,700 toys last year, which went to more than 2,200 children in Kingman and various outlying communities.

The toy drive is in full swing and there are currently 80 toy donation boxes at drop-off locations throughout Mohave County. According to toy drive officials, the number of boxes is growing with each passing day.

"We are servicing the areas as far south as Wikieup, Truxton to the east, Yucca and Golden Valley to the west and north to White Hills," said Don Olin, the local coordinator for Toys For Tots.

"I'm also in contact with some people in the Bullhead City and Mohave Valley areas who have expressed an interest in helping out with Toys For Tots.

"Every year dozens of companies and organizations volunteer their establishments as a drop-off location for employees, customers and individuals to donate toys," he added. "Some companies offer storage space and other various services that help in the collecting and distributing of these donations."

Toy collection boxes have been placed at all fire stations; Kingman Walmart; Kingman Kmart; all Family Dollars, Dollar Generals and the Dollar Tree; all Kingman supermarkets; both Walgreens, CVS, most banks; and a few businesses at the Kingman Airport; as well as several local government offices.

Anyone interested in donating cash to be used locally to purchase toys for this year's toy drive, requesting a donation box or volunteering to help collect, sort and distribute toys can call (928) 718-8697 or go to www.toysfortots.org and follow the prompts to Mohave County's site.

According to toy drive officials, the donation boxes will be left out at the various collection locations until Dec. 21 or 22 in hopes that people will take the time to drop off a toy or two for needy children.

Families who would like to receive toys for their children are encouraged to call the above number to register.

"People who call need to provide their name, address, telephone number, the age and gender of their children," Olin said.

"We will be taking reservations for toys until Dec. 19, and we will be distributing toys at our location at 1200 Railroad Street, at the corner of Louise and Railroad streets, from the 10th through the 24th."
 

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