‘Toys for Tots’ 2009 kicks off

Staff reports

It’s that time of year again.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in Ascension Parish will kick off its eighth official campaign this year. Several events will be held to raise awareness and funds for the children in Ascension Parish during this campaign.

It’s the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots 63rd year of community service.   

With more than 15,000 needy children in Ascension parish, many of who won’t have toys for Christmas, this year’s campaign will hopefully bring toys and funding to help enable the children in the parish to have a brighter Christmas.  Each year, the campaign’s main objective is to change the Marine Corps statistics, through local toy collection campaigns, which begin this month and run through Dec. 18.

“Last year, the program doubled its numbers by helping to provide and distribute toys to over 4,100 children and over 1200 families,” said Councilman Oliver Joseph, retired GySgt. U.S. Marine Corps and Ascension parish coordinator for Toys for Tots. “This year, we are looking forward to exceed that number.”

Toy distribution will take place on Dec. 19 and end Dec. 22.

The toy drives will take place at Wal-Mart, Big Lots, and KB Toys Outlet stores as well as other locations.

The Toys for Tots mobile storage container will be stationed at a central location, and the goal is to fill it with toys with the help and support from the local community.

“The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is dedicated to helping provide toys to needy children, and the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys, money, and/or time,” Joseph said. “All toys collected for the Toys for Tots campaign remain here in Ascension Parish.”