The annual U.S. Marine Toys for Tots drive is beneath means, and space companies and residents are requested to donate toys to assist make the vacations brighter for Chautauqua County kids.
Final yr, toys got to a document 4,365 kids – about 1,000 kids greater than within the earlier yr. Organizers imagine financial hardships attributable to the pandemic led to the elevated variety of requests for help final yr, they usually anticipate the necessity might be even better this yr.
Consequently, this yr’s toy drive obtained off to an early begin. One drive-through toy donation occasion has already been held, and two extra will happen Saturday, November 27, from midday to 2:00 on the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood and at Kirk’s Jewelers in Fredonia.
Toys for Tots additionally depends on financial contributions so organizers should purchase toys for age teams through which not sufficient toys are donated to satisfy the necessity. Towards that finish, two fund-raising occasions will probably be held the primary weekend in December. On Friday, December 3, the Empty Bottle at Southern Tier Distilling Firm will host considered one of its “First FriYAY” occasions from 5 to eight p.m. Ten % of gross sales will probably be donated to Toys for Tots. Patrons who donate a toy to the occasion will probably be entered right into a prize drawing.
The next day, the annual Vacation Buying Extravaganza will happen at Fluvanna Group Church. The occasion will run from 10:00 to 4:00. All proceeds will profit Toys for Tots.
Additionally on December 4, Toys for Tots will probably be featured in Jamestown’s vacation parade. Spectators are urged to deliver new, unwrapped toys to donate because the Toys for Tots procession passes by.
Money donations are also welcome. Folks can mail a verify (made payable to Toys for Tots) to The Useful resource Middle, 200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701.
Toys for Tots organizers additionally will probably be conducting a prize drawing. For data on the prizes and how one can purchase tickets, e mail [email protected]
Begun in 1947, the Marine Toys for Tots marketing campaign seeks to ship a message of hope to less-fortunate kids all through the US by offering them with toys for Christmas. Greater than 700 toy drives are held nation-wide every year. This marks the twenty first straight yr that workers of The Useful resource Middle have coordinated the Toys for Tots drive in Chautauqua County. Aiding in working the marketing campaign once more this yr are Chautauqua Connections, Inc., and the Chautauqua Connections Youngsters’s Coalition.
With 1000’s of toys being donated, organizers want a big warehouse area to securely retailer the toys. For the seventh straight yr, Allied Alarm Companies has donated the usage of its services to retailer the toys which can be donated.
Youngsters age 17 and youthful whose households meet family revenue pointers are eligible for help via Toys for Tots. Functions for help have to be submitted on-line at www.jamestown-ny.toysfortots.org. Households have till December 13 to use; human-service organizations are requested to register the households they help by December 6.
The Useful resource Middle’s major mission is to help individuals with disabilities. Whereas many individuals with disabilities profit from Toys for Tots every year, TRC additionally coordinates the annual toy drive to be able to give again to the neighborhood. Although TRC organizes the toy marketing campaign, help from space residents and companies makes the hassle a hit.
“As the necessity in our neighborhood continues to develop every year, we’re very grateful to our beneficiant neighborhood and organizations that come collectively to help Toys for Tots so that each baby in our neighborhood has a present on Christmas morning,” stated Terri Johnson, TRC’s director of employment and community-based providers and one of many toy drive’s chief organizers.
Updates on the toy drive will be discovered by visiting the Chautauqua County, New York – Toys for Tots 2021 Fb web page.
Space residents can also help the Toys for Tots drive by putting new, unwrapped toys in any of the gathering bins positioned all through Chautauqua County. Toys will probably be accepted till Friday, December 17. Listed here are a few of the toy drop-off places: 4th Ward Deli, Auto Credit score of Jamestown, Bemus Elementary Faculty, Bemus Level Inn, Large Heaps – Jamestown, Blackstone, Busti Faucet Home, Chautauqua Mall, Greenback Common – most Chautauqua County places, Dunkirk Metropolis Corridor, Edward Jones Monetary, ERA Actual Property – Mayville, Fancher Chair, Fredonia Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Go Retailers, Jamestown Space Federal Credit score Union – Jamestown and Lakewood, Jamestown Elks Membership, Keller Group – Lockwood Company, Kia of Jamestown, Kirk’s Jewelers & Presents Inc, Larson-Timko Funeral Residence, Matco Tooll, Nestle Purina, Northwest Enviornment, Ollie’s Cut price Outlet – Dunkirk and Lakewood, Panama Faculty, Regal Companies – Jamestown and Ripley, The Useful resource Middle – all places, Robo – Bemus Level, Roots Salon, SERVPRO, Shults Auto Group – all Chautauqua County places, Silver Creek Chiropractic, Southern Tier Distilling Firm, Twin Docks, Visions of Class, Water Avenue Brass, Wegmans and Windstream.