Toys for Tots, Gearing Up for the Holiday

Delivery Day for Toys for Tots at the Lamar Middle School

Delivery Day for Toys for Tots at the Lamar Middle School

It’s that time of the year again. Toys for Tots and Food for Families is looking for toys for ages newborn to 16 years of age.  Although the mission remains the same, this year, the operations base has been moved from the Prowers County Annex to the HOPE Center at Lincoln School on North 10th Street.  Darlene Lopez, Director of Toys for Tots, estimates she received requests for gifts from about 900 families last year.

She said earlier,  the move should streamline operations as all the collected toys won’t have to be moved to the Lamar Middle School from the Annex for distribution and delivery on December 24.  This year, they’ll remain at one location.

The workshop will begin the collection, cleaning and sorting process this Monday, November 3 and continue until Christmas Eve. The center will be staffed by Lopez and volunteers from 6pm to 9pm, Monday through Thursday each week.  The nature of the toys to be donated remains basically unchanged from previous years.  Used toys should be clean and in good working order.  Any donated toy should be unwrapped so volunteers can determine the appropriate age and sex of the recipients.  Even smaller gift items such as soaps and shampoos from motels can be used as stocking stuffers.  New batteries are always welcome.

Cash donations and toys may be dropped off to: 1208 South 5th Street in Lamar or Paul’s Body Shop at 7345 US Highway 50.  Donation boxes will be out early at Oquist Family Chiropractic, Deloach’s Tires, Wal-Mart and Paul’s Body Shop.  Contact Darlene Lopez for more information at 688-0167.

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