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Marine official: Elkins will have Toys for Tots

ELKINS — An official within the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is coming to Elkins next week from Triangle, Virginia to ensure that the tradition of Marine Toys for Tots continues in our community this year.

Major Lee Stuckey told The Inter-Mountain Friday he will meet with Elkins Mayor Van Broughton on Monday and Tuesday to “come up with a plan on how to facilitate the Toys for Tots program in Elkins this Christmas.”

It was announced earlier this week that the Elkins Marine Corps League would not conduct the Toys for Tots program in Elkins this year, but Stuckey said officials are determined to find a way for the sake of the children who benefit from the program.

“Christmas is even more important for kids this year, with their separation from schools and friends and activities because of COVID-19,” Stuckey said.

“Kids don’t understand COVID, but they know if they don’t get a Christmas,” he said. “We won’t let those 2,500 less fortunate children go without toys this holiday.”

Stuckey said the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation “will ensure that COVID, local and federal regulations will be adhered to” by the program.

Details on how to apply for the program will be released as soon as possible, Stuckey said.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charity, was established in 1991 at the behest of the Marine Corps to help run and support the Marine Toys for Tots Program.

The Foundation raises funds, purchases toys, provides promotional and support materials, manages all funds raised and donated, solicits corporate support, educates the public, and handles day-to-day operations.

Presently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually.

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