TFT COORDINATOR CORNER
LAURA NEWELL: DETACHMENT COORDINATOR
The Wiregrass Marine Corps League has adopted the Marine Corps Reserve Toys-for-Tots program and conducts the annual Toys-for-Tots Christmas Campaign in the Wiregrass area. The Detachment first received authorization from the National Toys-for-Tots Foundation to conduct the campaign in 2006. The first year we served Dothan and Houston County, organized the program, made contacts, obtained facilities and assesed needs in surrounding areas. For the 2007 campaign we expanded the program to include Dothan and four surrounding counties. The response was overwhelming, and although it strained our resources our volunteers collected and distributed over 5,000 Christmas toys, including 780 bicycles, to 2,250 disadvantaged children in the Wiregrass area. In 2009 the program was again expanded to satisfy unfilfulled needs in Coffee County. All toys collected in the Wiregrass are distributed to disadvantaged children in the local Wiregrass area.
If you or your business would like to become a part of this tremendously heart-warming program we would love to have you join us. The more caring sponsors and volunteers we have to partner with us the more disadvantaged children will receive shiny new toys on Christmas morning.
If you would like more information or would like to be a part of the local Toys-for-Tots Campaign please go to the Dothan Toys-For-Tots website by clicking on the Dothan Toys-For-Tots link on the far left side of this page.
If you are a resident of Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry or Houston County with children between the ages of 0-12 and would like to sign up for this year's Toys-For-Tots program you may call 2-1-1 or 1-888-421-1266 for information on eligibility, sign-up locations and dates. The 211 center provides an invaluable service to our annual TFT campaign and to other community service organizations and their clients.
December--- Final toy distributions at the Toys-for-Tots center and at Toys-for Tots partnering agency locations. Thanks to the efforts of our many volunteers and the generosity of the Wiregrass community and local businesses the Wiregrass Marine Corps League Toys-for-Tots Campaign distributed 14,245 toys and books to more than 2,600 disadvantaged children in the Wiregrass area. Our volunteers included active duty Marines who were home on leave, members of local social services agencies, members of local businesses, Northview High School Marine JROTC, and others too numerous to mention. We offer our sincere thanks to all those who helped us bring joy to so many children in the Wiregrass.
A very special thanks to our Toys-For-Tots media partners who sponsored events and kept our TFT campaign in the public eye.