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Toys for Tots

Volunteers worked hard to help local kids

Although the holiday season is behind us, we definitely should not forget the efforts of local agencies and individuals who made sure hundreds upon hundreds of local children had a happy Christmas, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Toys for Tots Foundation, which is part of the United State Marine Corps, is receiving assistance with the 2020 program from the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins, which hosted the distribution. The center’s facility manager, Chris Lee, took the lead on the project.

Major Lee Stuckey from the United States Marine Corp and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was sent to Elkins by General Jim Laster, CEO of Toy for Tots, after the two learned that the Elkins Marine Corps League would not be able to host the annual event this year because of COVID-related issues.

After working with local officials including Mayor Van Broughton, a plan was put in place to make sure this year’s Toys for Tots would go on as scheduled.

The Randolph County Family Resource Network played a huge part in bringing the project to fruition, as did the Elkins Police Department, with EPD officers helping distribute Toys for Tots donations to families at the Phil Gainer Community Center in late December.

Everyone who offered help with the project deserves our applause and thanks, and we feel certain that the many local children who benefitted from the hard work of so many volunteers felt very grateful on Christmas morning.

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