Every year large containers marked for Toys for Tots can be found in various locations throughout the country. This year, the Daleville Department of Public Safety is participating by being a drop-off point for the program, said Director Harvey Mathis.
The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.The stated goal is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.The container at the police department is located just inside the front door and anyone can simply drop by to deposit their toy donation.According to Wikipedia, “Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so. At her suggestion, he gathered a group of local Marine reservists…who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Brothers movie theaters. Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign.
”The Daleville Department of Public Safety is getting into the Christmas spirit by acting as a drop-off point for Toys for Tots, said Director Harvey Mathis. Anyone wishing to donate toys to the program can simply place their donations inside the box, located just inside the front door of the police department. Lt. Stacey Austin, right, and Dispatcher Maria Whigham got a head start on the toy drive by placing a stuffed Pluto into the collecti