Toys for Tots is one of the many charitable endeavors active through the Christmas season in Lincoln County, and while the program is managed and coordinated by the local Marine Corps League, its success mainly relies on the community support and involvement.
“We had probably 40 people volunteer this year and that includes the people that were out doing collections, like money collection out in front of Wal-mart,” said Chuck Covert, assistant to Lincoln County’s Toys for Tots Coordinator Deborah Brown. “This year the number of kids we helped this year decreased, but the number of families did increase and it just seems like the community is becoming more involved with it now.”
Toys for Tots began in Los Angeles as a charitable effort in 1947. Major Bill Hendricks, was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but couldn’t find any organization to do that through and has grown continuously since then.The main goal of the organization is to help give children around the country a Christmas miracle.
“I think that every child deserves to have a Christmas,” Covert said. “[If someone wants to volunteer and help] they can contact us through the Toys for Tots organization that you can access online and it will have the counties coordinator information on it, or they can contact the Marine Corps League here in Lincoln County and they can do that two ways, through either our website or our Facebook page.”