Calvert County's 2013 Toys for Tots campaign kicked off Nov 1

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Calvert County's 2013 Toys for Tots campaign kicked off Nov 1

11/5/2013

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By Press Release, Toys for Tots of Calvert County

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.  Their annual toy drive kicked off Friday, November 1, 2013 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. You can donate a toy at one of the local toy drop locations, host a Toys for Tots event at your home, office or other venue and collect toys for Toys for Tots, make a monetary donation or volunteer at the local warehouse.

New, unwrapped toys will be collected through December 12th at over 60 drop-off sites located throughout Calvert County. The entire 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.  

This year’s local Toys for Tots campaign is being led by Krista and Kurt Brezina of Children’s Aid, Inc., a local nonprofit.  The Brezinas volunteered to run the campaign as a Local Community Organization due to the absence of a local Marine Reserve Unit.  They are being assisted by Jerry Kepich, who brought Toys for Tots to Calvert County in 2009 and coordinated the program for four years.

Collecting, sorting, counting and distributing toys, books and stocking stuffers for xx families 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, Kurt Brezina.   

There are two Toys for Tots events coming up this month.  The first is a Pizza Hut Fundraiser night on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Prince Frederick Pizza Hut.  For every order placed between 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and the customer states they are supporting Toys for Tots, Pizza Hut will donate 20% of the sales generated to Toys for Tots of Calvert County.  (Only the Prince Frederick Pizza Hut is participating in this fundraiser and coupons/discounted pizzas do not qualify).

“We are excited to announce our first annual “Stuff a Truck” event which will be held on Saturday November 30, 2013,” said Krista Brezina. “We will be collecting new toys and monetary donations between 9 a.m. - 1 pm in the parking lot of the Prince Frederick Walmart.  Historically, we have experienced shortfalls in donations for the 9 and older age group and we are asking for donations of action figures, books, educational toys, jewelry, Legos, makeup kits, sports equipment, Razor scooters, skateboards, and small electronics such as mp3 players, cameras and handheld video games.”

For families in need of gifts, registration for the 2013 Toys for Tots campaign closes Friday, December 7th 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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