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Calvert County’s 2014 Toys for Tots campaign kicks off Nov 3

The Christmas holiday season is rapidly approaching and Toys for Tots of Calvert County is once again trying to help as many children as possible have a more festive Christmas.  The annual toy drive kicks off Monday, November 3, 2014 and organizers are counting on community donations to help more than 1,000 local children in need this year.  You can contribute to your local Toys for Tots campaign in several ways, including donating a toy at one of the local toy drop locations, making a monetary donation or volunteering at the local warehouse.

New, unwrapped toys will be collected through December 10, 2014 at over 60 drop-off sites located throughout Calvert County. The list of drop-off locations is available online at www.CalvertToysForTots.com.  Monetary donations are greatly appreciated as well and funds received are used to purchase toys wherever a shortfall exists.  Credit card donations are accepted via the www.CalvertToysforTots.com website and checks made payable to the Toys for Tots Foundation can be mailed to P.O. Box 207, Barstow MD  20610.  

Collecting, sorting, counting and distributing toys, books and stocking stuffers for 1,000 children is a big undertaking and there is always a need for an extra pair of hands.  Individuals and groups such as the Young Marines, local NJROTC cadets and the Girl Scouts have helped in the past and continue to lend their help.  If you would like to volunteer to help, please register online at www.CalvertToysforTots.com.  “We want Calvert County residents to know that volunteering doesn’t have to be a long term commitment.  If you can commit to one or two hours to help sort books and toys, we would appreciate your help” says, Krista Brezina, Coordinator of Toys for Tots of Calvert County. 

The charity will hold their Second Annual “Stuff a Truck” event on Saturday November 29, 2014, collecting new toys and monetary donations between 9 a.m. – 12:00 pm in the parking lot of the Prince Frederick Walmart.  “Historically, we have experienced shortfalls in donations for the nine and older age group.  In light of this, our wish list includes action figures, books, educational toys, jewelry, Legos, makeup kits, sports equipment, skateboards, and small electronics such as mp3 players, cameras and handheld video games.”

For families in need of gifts, registration for the 2014 Toys for Tots campaign closes Friday, December 5, 2014 and can only be completed online at www.CalvertToysforTots.com.  Recipients must be residents of Calvert County who are not also receiving assistance through the Department of Social Services Angel Tree Program.

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