The 2016 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign kicked off locally with a quiet gathering of faithful volunteers who have begun placing boxes in businesses throughout Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex counties for collection of new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to children this Christmas.
The official season of the public collection of toys runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 18. The local campaign collected 10,000 toys last year and is hoping to increase that number this year as the need is expected to be greater, according to a release.
There are several fundraising efforts sponsored by local businesses supporting the Toys for Tots efforts. They include:
—Beginning the weekend of Nov. 25-26 and continuing each weekend until Dec 17-18, bring a new, unwrapped toy with a $5 minimum value to the Swamp Paintball Park and play a game of paint ball for free;
—The Walgreens at Hayes will hold a “Stuff the Truck” event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturd...
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