Donations sought for toy drive


Staff Writer

Monday, November 26, 2018

Toys for Tots is looking to continue its longstanding tradition of providing toys on Christmas morning for kids in the Twin Counties.

Toys for Tots is regarded as the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s premier community action program, with a mission to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute the toys to less fortunate children in the community where the campaign is conducted.

The coordinator for Nash and Edgecombe counties is David Sannes, and he says his goal is to provide toys to about 1,700 kids in the Twin Counties.

“We like to give a ‘big’ present and a few stocking-stuffers to each child,” Sannes said.

Toys for Tots has drop-off boxes at different businesses and organizations in Rocky Mount, Nashville and Tarboro that can be found online at rmtoysfortots.com. Toys must be new and in original packaging. Monetary donations also can be made on the website, which Sannes said are filtered down to the local effort.

“We’ve got four boxes in Tarboro and about 30 boxes in Nash County,” Sannes said.

Sannes stressed that the gifts that are donated in the Twin Counties, stay in the Twin Counties.

“I’m also really proud that every year the Toys For Tots Foundation undergoes a stringent audit. This year our audit showed 96 cents for every $1 was accounted for in getting a toy to a child,” he added.

Sannes said the biggest need is for older children.

“We always have plenty of toys for toddler-age children. It’s the older kids that we can sometimes run short for — ages 6-15,” he said. “Kids 12 and up are just harder to buy for.”

Gift ideas include sporting equipment like bags, balls or bats; books; backpacks; cosmetics, spa products or nail polish; purses; watch or wallet gift sets; bath gift sets; board games; radio controlled cars or trucks; hand-held electronics; skateboards and helmets; curling irons, hair straighteners; hair dryers; headphones; and art sets.

Sannes will be collecting the drop-off boxes during the week of Dec. 10. He coordinates getting them sorted according to age, for boys and girls. Sannes then relies on volunteers to help him hand the toys out to parents who have applied to the program in advance. Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Dec. 12-14 and Dec. 20-22 at the Toys for Tots storage facility.

For more information about volunteering or donating, visit www.rmtoysfortots.com.