FROM STAFF REPORTS
On Oct. 1, the Sumter Marine Corps League Detachment 1202 began its 2019 Toys for Tots drive, an annual toy drive to help bring Christmas gifts to those in need.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves have helped families at Christmas time for more than 70 years.
The primary goal of the Toys for Tots program is to bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.
Between now and mid-December, MCL members will be collecting toys and accepting donations in various locations across Sumter, including Wal-mart and Simpson Hardware and Sporting Goods (Wesmark Boulevard location). Toy collection boxes will be set up at many retail and business establishments.
All donated toys must be new and unwrapped. MCL members ask to keep in mind that realistic-looking toy guns or other weapons will not be distributed to children in accordance with the Toys for Tots Foundation guidelines.
Applications are also available for families who need extra help providing Christmas gifts for their children this year. To apply, visit Jackson & Hewitt, 61 W. Wesmark Blvd., any Tuesday or Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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