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Toy’s for Tots applications available on Dec. 4

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By Jennifer Caldwell

 

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The holidays are here. 

And while many families are county their blessings others are likely to be wondering if Christmas will come at all.

To ease some of those concerns the Marine Corp Reserves is working with the county mayor’s office and the Royal Blue Rangers ATV club to be Santa to area children with Toy’s for Tots.

After serving more than 600 children during last year’s distribution, Deputy Mayor Ann Ayers said she expects the toy drive to draw at least that many in its second year.

“The donations have been really great this year,” Ayers said of the new unwrapped gifts being left in drop boxes at locations including Walmart, Powell-Clinch Utilities, area banks and credit unions, Rainbow Ford, St. Mary’s of Campbell County and Hazel’s Hairstyles.  “If it wasn’t for the merchant’s we wouldn’t be able to do this.”

According to Ayers, the mayor’s office took nearly 300 applications at a sign up day on Nov. 13.

On Dec. 4 families needing assistance with providing Christmas gifts for their children will have another opportunity to fill out an application.  From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. applications for the Toy’s for Tots distribution will be available in the courthouse lobby.  Children ages birth through 13 are eligible to be recipients. When filling out the application Ayers said parents must present a birth certificate or social security card for each child as well as proof of residence like a current utility or telephone bill.

“We will not turn anyone who meets the criteria away,” Ayers said.

Distribution of the toys will be held on Dec. 17 at the former Regions Bank building located on Central Avenue.

Ayers said members of the Campbell County Honor Guard, Royal Blue Rangers and Marine Corp Reserves will be on hand to make sure the operation comes off without a hitch.

For more information on the Toy’s for Tots drive contact the county mayor’s office at 562-2526.