Toys for Tots (T4T)
CENTRE COUNTY TOYS FOR TOTS NEEDS YOUR HELP
We all know that 2020 has proven to be a very difficult year. Because of the virus and Penn State closing down for the semester before Thanksgiving, we have had to move up this year’s campaign by a month. In addition, we will still need volunteers for sorting and preparing toys for distribution but we will not wrap the toys and will be restricted to only 75 volunteers at a session. The schedule and other information is available along with updates at http://lemont-pa.toysfortots.org.
You can help by:
1. Providing a toy and food item at the collection points around the county between October 15th and November 12th.
2. Especially important this year is making a monetary donation to Centre County Toys for Tots at the website above. We purchase toys from wholesalers to make donations go further and for many years have been able to use the prior year’s donations to purchase toys in the September/October timeframe to have them available for that year’s distribution. We have also saved about $10,000 in the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation account for Centre County as a reserve for any lean years. This is one of those lean years and we are looking to spend down that reserve this year. This means that we will need to have donations build up for next year along with hoping to have more than usual in monetary donations so that we can make some last-minute purchases for use this year. The need will be greater than usual and the number of collection points will be lower along with a shorter collection period.
3. Signing up to assist us with preparing the toys for distribution. Please go to the lemont-pa toys for tots website for the schedule and register with us so that we can have enough volunteers and yet stay safe with social distancing.
Last year the Toys for Tots Foundation provided us with about $20,000 more in toys from national sponsorships than in the past and we found that Mifflin County is the second poorest county in the state along with never having a Toys for Tots coordinator. We were able to use that extra 3000 toys by sending them to Lewistown. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation monitors the number of toys leftover along with the amount of funds in each sub-account and if we had not passed on those toys to Mifflin County, we would have had NO toys sent to us by the Foundation this year. We hope to be able to pass 3000 toys to Mifflin County again this year so your assistance will go even further.
Donate to T4T online:
Centre County Toys for Tots
Nittany Leathernecks Det.,MCL
PO Box 956
Lemont, PA 16851-0956
(814) 234-9831 (day)
Assistant Coordinator, Centre County Toys for Tots Nittany Leathernecks Det., MCL
PO Box 956 Lemont, PA 16851-0956
Each year a corporate sponsor helps support the program effort. Sponsorship allows the detachment to maintain its own web site which contains essential information relative to the annual Centre County Toys for Tots campaign.