Nov 27, 2013

Toys for Tots gives information on program

GREENVILLE – Darke County Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program has begun its annual collections for toys from the ages of newborn up to 14 years of age (up to 17 if they receive enough donations).

As the holiday season begins to draw near, you can be sure the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Coordinator Winnie Rader is gearing up for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Since 1947, Marines and volunteers have been making Christmas wishes come true for the less fortunate children.

The local Toys for Tots team works hard to make the program a success, but they could never do this without the help of concerned citizens and business leaders. Together, they put a smile on the faces of over 2,250 children in Darke County in 2012 and believe they can meet the needs of more children in 2013.

They are in need of baby items, dolls, Barbies, games, trucks, cars, puzzles, books, items for older kids, bath sets, brush sets, perfume and cologne sets, wallets, basketballs, footballs, etc.

All of the donations collected in Darke County stay in Darke County.

Drop sites include: Greenville – Dave Knapp Ford, Big Lots, Tiger Radio Station, Ron Garrett Chevrolet, YMCA, Hillbilly Mall, Superior Auto, Mercer Savings bank, Walmart, Medicine & More, all Dollar General Stores, Greenville Police Department, Ace Hardware, Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes, all Farmers State banks, Greenville Township Fire & Rescue, Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Dr. Gordon’s office, Family Dentistry, Greenville Public Library, Red Cross, Kmart, Cash Land, Snap Fitness, Chicken Kitchen 2, Superior Auto, Bob Evans, Hot Head, ATT store, Wittlers Black Belt Academy, Bread of Life Christian Book Store; Arcanum – Ben Franklin, Sutton’s Super Value, Millers, Arcanum Hardware; Versailles – Dollar General, YMCA and many other places; Castine – Castine Church of God; and New Madison – Farmers State Bank and Dollar General.

Monetary donations can be made in Greenville at Back in Time CafĂ©, Dave Knapp, Hot Rods & Harleys, Western Ohio Chiropractic, Cash Land, Ace Hardware, Marathon (Russ Road), CJ Market, The Coffee Pot, Cheap Tobacco, Readmore’s Hallmark, ATT store; New Madison – Mini Mart; Arcanum – Arcanum Hardware Miller’s Tavern, Picnic Pizza, Sutton’s Super Value, Ben Franklin.

Monetary donations can also be dropped off or mailed to Darke County Toys for Tots c/o Dave Knapp, 500 Wagner Ave., Greenville, Ohio 45331.

For more information, visit http://eaton-oh.toysfortots.org or contact Winnie Rader, 733-0885.

Registering children for the program will be held at 124 W. 4th St., Greenville, on Dec. 2, 4 and 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Dec. 3 and 5, 4-7 p.m. Persons registering children will need to bring a picture ID for the adult applying, proof of address (current utility bill, rental agreement), birth certificates for all children in the household (they will not accept crib cards, shot records or report cards), Medicaid, CareSoure, Molina or Amerigroup if received, and the last 30 days of household income. There are no exceptions to the requirements.

This program is for families who have not signed up at any other place for Christmas help. Registrations after Dec. 7 will be put on a waiting list and done as donations become available.

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