Toys for Tots launches annual drive
BY COREY DAVIS
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
A longtime charitable organization is urging the public to help with its quest to give toys to local disadavantaged children for Christmas.
Toys for Tots is regarded as the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s premier community action program, with a misson to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys to less fortunate children in the community where the campaign is conducted.
After taking a year off, David Sannes has returned this year as the coordinator for the Toys for Tots in Rocky Mount. Sannes said the goal is to give more than 8,000 toys to underprivileged children in Nash and Edgecombe counties. The children also receive stocking stuffers that consist of children’s books.
Toys for Tots currently has drop-off boxes at different businesses and organizations in Rocky Mount, Nashville and Tarboro that can be found online at https://rocky-mount-nc.toysfortots.org. Sannes said for people who want to help Toys for Tots, there is a strong need to collect more toys for boys and girls between ages 6 to 15.
“Toys for Tots isn’t just for the infants and toddlers, but we want to make sure the older kids are taken care of, too,” Sannes said.
Sannes said he receives $8,000 from the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to buy toys, but still that money isn’t enough to supply all the children in the Twin Counties. He said it helps when local businesses and organizations put on Toys for Tots drives. Faith Christian School has stepped up to help Toys for Tots over the years.
The school will have an all day Toys for Tots collection day on Friday. Faith Christian holds an annual Toys for Tots campaign and is known to collect the most toys for Toys for Tots, Sannes said. Sannes works with social workers from both Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and Edgecombe County Public Schools to identify what children should receive the toys in Nash and Edgecombe counties.
“I feel like it’s my responsibility if a person is going to donate a toy that it goes to a family in need and not just those that know how to play the system,” Sannes said. “I figure it would be best to work through the school systems’ department of social services since they know who is in need.”
The Toys for Tots drive continues until Dec. 21. Sannes said the collected toys are being stored in a warehouse off U.S. 301 and will be sorted and distributed out before Christmas.