For the first year in the history of Marine Corps League Motherlode Detachment 1080, the veterans group has embarked on the Toys For Toys Program as a means of bringing the joy of the winter holiday season to underprivileged children in Amador and Calaveras counties. The toy drive kicks off Oct. 19 at various locations throughout the area.
The Marine Corps Toys For Tots program began in 1947 when a group of Marines in the Los Angeles area collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The program has continued to grow - last year, Toys For Tots units collected approximately 16 million toys for distribution to about 7 million underprivileged children throughout the United States.
Local businesses and organizations in Calaveras and Amador counties will be hosting toy drive events or serving as toy collection drop off sites. The Marine Corps League is partnering with Calaveras Resource Connection’s Santa’s Express and Amador First Five Upcountry Community Center Angel Tree Program to help distribute toys to local children.
The Butte Fire has had a devastating impact on our counties and will have lasting effects far past the 2015 Christmas Season. Community support has been phenomenal and the Marine Corps League is asking you to continue helping our friends and neighbors. Our collective efforts will ensure as many children as possible receive a bit of holiday joy.
You can help by donating a toy, making a monetary donation toward the purchase of toys, hosting a toy drive or fundraising event, or by serving as a toy collection site. Donated toys must be new, unwrapped and valued at $30 or less. Toys will be accepted through Dec. 20.
For information on how to donate, volunteer, or request toys for deserving children, go to our website at valleysprings-ca.toysfortots.org or visit us on Facebook at Calaveras/Amador Marine Corps Toys For Tots.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Pat Garrahan at (209) 772-1868 or Eddie Clayton at (209) 418-4317.