19 December 2014

Over 22,000 toys were donated by Frederick County residents and given to children in the county recently at the 2014 Toys for Tots program run by the US Marines. A warehouse off of Gas House Pike in Frederick staged the toys and the operation this year.
More Children Will Smile This Christmas Thanks to Community Donations
By: Lanessa Hill, USAG Public Affairs office

Thanks to the help of the community and Marines of Company B at Fort Detrick, more children will wake up with smiles on their faces and sparkles in their eyes.  After a year-long effort of planning, the execution and final product was truly remarkable at the Toys for Tots distribution on Dec. 17.

Staff Sgt. Chad Collins, Toys for Tots Coordinator for Frederick County had his Santa hat on and was in the spirit, as toys began to move out and the line of eager parents grew longer.

 “For us, this is all about putting a smile on the face of a child, said Collins.

This year, the Marines of Fort Detrick distributed 22,586 toys and over 200 bikes.  All were given to the over 3,800 children that were registered in Frederick County. They had three days to hand it all out.

Registration for families to receive toys is typically from Oct through the second week of December each year. Families pick up their gifts the week before Christmas.   When one sits and watches the operations, it really is like a well oiled machine.  Each volunteer has a duty.  That could be validating residency and the ages of the children to acting as a shopper and picking toys from piles that are four fee4t high and separated based on age and gender.

For more information on the Toys for Tots program and ways to help visit www.toysfortots.org.

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