12/2/2011 6:01:00 AM
Toys for Tots in full swing in Kingman
BUTCH MERIWETHER/CourtesyMohave County District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson (left) and Kingman Mayor John Salem helped kick start the 64th Annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive in northern Mohave County by donating toys to needy local children.
BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy

Mohave County District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson (left) and Kingman Mayor John Salem helped kick start the 64th Annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive in northern Mohave County by donating toys to needy local children.


Butch Meriwether
Butch's Brew

KINGMAN - Kingman Detachment 887 of the Marine Corps League and volunteers have launched the 64th Annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive in northern Mohave County and hope to surpass the numbers of toys gathered and distributed to children last year.

Individuals donated more than 7,000 toys last year and Christmas for more than 2,500 children was better because of the Marine Corps League, local businesses and generous citizens.

The toy drive is in full swing and there are currently 129 toy donation boxes at various drop-off locations throughout Mohave County.

"We are servicing the areas as far south as Wickieup, Truxton to the east, Yucca and Golden Valley to the west and north to the White Hills," said Don Olin, the local coordinator for Toys for Tots. "And we will also be providing toys for needy children in the Arizona Strip, Bullhead City and Mohave Valley this year because we've determined there is a need to help out children there."

Toy collection boxes have been placed at various businesses and locations throughout Mohave County. Call (928) 754-2134 for the box locations in Bullhead City and Mohave Valley, and (928) 718-8697 for all other toy-collection box locations."

Persons interested in donating cash to be used locally to purchase toys for this year's toy drive can call (928) 718-8697 or (928) 754-2134 for the Bullhead City and Mohave Valley, or go to www.toysfortots.org and follow the prompts to Mohave County's site.

Use the same phone numbers or website to request a donation box and/or to volunteer to help collecting toys, sorting them into gender and ages and distributing them.

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

"We will are in desperate need of toys for both girls and boys ages 12 to 15 years old," Olin said. "All toys donated in northern Mohave County are distributed to local needy children. None of the toys donated here are sent to other areas."

Families who would like to receive toys for their children are encouraged to call (928) 754-2134 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for the Bullhead City and Mohave Valley areas, and (928) 718-8697 for all other northern Mohave County areas to register. "People who call need to provide their name, address, telephone number, the age and gender of their children," Olin said. Reservations for toys will be taken until Dec. 23 for the Bullhead City and Mohave Valley areas and Dec. 24 in for all other areas.
 

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