Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program underway
ELKINS — Needy youngsters in Randolph and surrounding counties may have a cheerier Christmas this year through new toys contributed through the annual United States Marine Corps Reserve and Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program underway.
The annual collection, spearheaded locally by Elkins’ Marine Corps League Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Detachment 956 in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, will take place Nov. 1 through Dec. 20 with drop-off points at several locations in Randolph, Barbour, Lewis, Tucker and Upshur counties and some areas in Harrison, Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Webster counties.
Applications for eligible families wanting toys will be taken by telephone from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. Families who have been approved to receive toys this Christmas from other area toy programs including Salvation Army, Helping Hand Clearinghouse, Tyrand Cooperative Ministries and any Angel Tree programs will not be eligible to receive toys through Toys for Tots. No Internet applications will be accepted.
Through Dec. 17, new, unwrapped toys may be placed in numerous designated Toys for Tots collection boxes in Randolph and surrounding counties including, but not limited to, all three Elkins Dollar General stores; Dollar General stores in Beverly, Buckhannon, Weston, Jane Lew, Belington and Philippi; Rite Aid stores in Elkins, Clarksburg Bridgeport, Glenville, Nutter Fort and Shinnston; Bill Umbright at State Farm; Jodie Parrack at State Farm; Skinner Insurance Agency; Freedom Bank; Davis Trust Co.; Elkins Dialysis Center; Walgreens Drug Store; Elkins Pack and Ship; Red Hat Society – Purple Majesties; Catholic Charities West Virginia; St. Brendan Catholic Church; Landmark Baptist Church; Refuge Church; Mt. Vernon Colonials 4-H Club, Ski Hi 4-H Club; Randolph County Senior Center; Central Supply Company and the Home Builders Association of WV; Youth Health Service; Homestead Market in Valley Bend; Caanan Valley Resort; Best of Style Shop in Weston; Tractor Supply in Weston; Dollar Tree in Weston; Corhart Refractory; Smitty’s Suzuki of Buckhannon; Larry Brown of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3663 of Buckhannon; Fisher Auto Parts in Buckhannon; Farm Credit & Country Mortgages in Mt. Clare; Southwestern Energy in Jane Lew; A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts in Clarksburg; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Clarksburg; Steptoe & Johnson in Bridgeport; Noblis in Bridgeport; Karen Bowers in Parsons; H&M Motor Company in Weston; Buckhannon Academy; Robert L. Bland Middle School in Weston; and Davis & Elkins College Student Veterans Association.
Families desiring assistance through the Toys for Tots program may contact local churches, Department of Health and Human Resources, Women’s Aid in Crisis, Helping Hand Clearinghouse, Parish House, Catholic Charities West Virginia, Angel Tree programs or any Elkins Marine Corps League member.
Donated toys will be collected and sorted by Marine Corps League members. The distribution center will be in a storefront on the upper right side of the Tygart Valley Mall. Families will be notified of the exact location when they register to receive toys.
Distribution to families for children ages 2-15 only will be slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 18-19 at the Elkins distribution site. Eligibility to receive toys will be based on West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources income guidelines and families must sign up with Toys for Tots prior to distribution. Distribution will be based on the first letter of the last name of parent or guardian on a designated date and during a specified time period.
To sign up, to make arrangements to pick up toys or for further information, families may call designated Toys for Tots phone lines at 304-704-8062, 304-472-7083 or 304-636-4365 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. No calls will be accepted after these hours or on Sundays. No deliveries of toys will be made and all toys must be picked up at the Toys for Tots distribution site in Elkins.
In 2018, more than 22,700 toys were collected locally and the Elkins area Marine Corps League members distributed these toys to 1,147 families with a total of 2,248 needy children in Randolph and surrounding counties. Local business leaders play a key role by allowing Toys for Tots collection boxes in their stores and by encouraging customers to purchase toys for the program; by providing free warehouse space for sorting and storing toys; by providing vehicles to collect toys from collection sites; and by sponsoring promotional events for the Toys for Tots program.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit charity, is the authorized fund-raising and support organization for the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation’s tax-exempt number is 20 3021444001. Any individual, business or corporation desiring to make a charitable donation to the Toys for Tots Program may mail or make contributions to the Elkins Marine Corps League, Detachment 956, P.O. Box 852, Elkins, WV 26241, telephone 304-636-4365. EIN: 55 0765160.
The regional chairman is Roger Ware. Gregory Irwin and Judy Gum are the co-chairmen for all counties except Upshur and Lewis where Jack Marteney will serve as co-chairman. The Elkins Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program is conducted under the direction of the Toys for Tots Foundation.
Additional information may be found online at www.toysfortots.org, or by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. or writing to the Elkins Marine Corps League at the above address.