The Board of County Commissioners of Calvert County desires to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens of Calvert County.
The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots has been a grassroots organization for many years in Calvert County, Maryland. The amazing work, outreach, and coordination began with Billy Saunders and Robin Cavallaro. Along with many volunteers, they collect and provide a very Merry Christmas to over 300 families each year. In 2018, Toys for Tots of Calvert County provided toys for 1,030 children in the county from 146 collections sites with 210 boxes. In addition to toys, approximately $5,000 in cash, checks, and/or online donations were received from residents, local businesses, and civic organizations.
What helps the most, they say, is the amazing support of the community, because even with challenges in their third year, everyone from the volunteers to the business owners and donors allow Toys for Tots of Calvert County to continue to grow and provide a great Christmas for so many kids.
Billy and Robin, along with the volunteers stay busy from October 15th to December 2nd getting the drop boxes delivered to businesses and organizations that are participating. They are also busy taking requests for businesses and organizations who request a Marine to attend their events for Toys for Tots. On December 8th, registration for toy requests ends and families are notified.
On December 13th, the volunteers, along with Billy and Robin, drive all over Calvert County and pick up all of the drop boxes. They then start sorting and setting up the distribution site for the parents to come and choose the toys. Each of the parents are given an appointment time to come on December 16 and decide on which toys they would like for their children. So from October to December, they are working hard to make sure the children will have a merry Christmas. That also includes going shopping for toys and games with the money donated to fill in the missing items.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) wished to pay tribute to this distinguished and commendable service to our community and was delighted to honor their passionate dedication, altruism, compassion, and professionalism.
The BOCC by proclamation that sincere appreciation and gratitude of all Calvert Countians is hereby extended to Billy Saunders and Robin Cavallaro, along with Toys for Tots of Calvert County for their tireless service and many contributions to the citizens of Calvert County. It was further proclaimed that the BOCC joined with the community and many friends of Billy and Robin in extending them best wishes for continued success in all their future endeavors.
Congratulations, Billy and Robin and your team, for a job well done!
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon