The Christmas holiday season is rapidly approaching and Toys for Tots of Calvert County is once again trying to help as many children as possible have a more festive Christmas. The annual toy drive kicked off Monday, November 2, 2015 and organizers are counting on community donations to help more than 1,000 local children in need this year. You can contribute to your local Toys for Tots campaign in several ways, including donating a toy at one of the local toy drop locations, making a monetary donation or volunteering at the local warehouse.
New, unwrapped toys will be collected through December 9, 2015 at over 70 drop-off sites located throughout Calvert County. The list of drop-off locations is available online at www.CalvertToysForTots.com. When you donate to Toys for Tots, you’re donations stay local. Not only are you making sure a child has Christmas…it’s a child in your own county.
Monetary donations are greatly appreciated as well and funds received are used to purchase toys wherever a shortfall exists. Credit card donations are accepted via the www.CalvertToysforTots.com website and checks made payable to the Toys for Tots Foundation can be mailed to P.O. Box 207, Barstow MD 20610. 97% of your donation goes to our mission of providing toys, books and other gifts to less fortunate children. The 3% spent on support principally covers fundraising expenses – not one donated dollar goes to pay for salaries or any other manpower costs.
Collecting, sorting, counting and distributing toys, books and stocking stuffers for 1,000 children is a big undertaking and there is always a need for an extra pair of hands. Individuals and groups such as the Young Marines, local NJROTC cadets and the Girl Scouts have helped in the past and continue to lend their help. If you would like to volunteer to help, please register online at www.CalvertToysforTots.com. “We want Calvert County residents to know that volunteering doesn’t have to be a long term commitment. If you can commit to one or two hours to help sort books and toys, we would appreciate your help” says, Krista Brezina, Coordinator of Toys for Tots of Calvert County.
For families in need of gifts, registration for the 2015 Toys for Tots campaign closes Friday, December 4, 2015 and can only be completed online at www.CalvertToysforTots.com. Recipients must be residents of Calvert County who are not also receiving assistance through the Department of Social Services Angel Tree Program.