LAURINBURG — Toys for Tots will provide toys to Scotland and Robeson families in need of assistance during the holiday season.
Community members can drop off toy donations at central locations through Dec. 18.
There will also be a Toy Drive on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dollar General on Aberdeen Road. The drive is for community members to drop off toy donations and for families in need of assistance to sign up.
Toys can be picked up at the National Guard Armory Dec. 19 through 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the families who were approved to receive assistance.
Toys for Tots is a national program that originated in 1947 by the U.S. Marine Corps. This is the first year Scotland County will participate in the program.
“There have been some families in Scotland County that have received from Toy for Tots before, however they had to go outside Scotland County to receive it,” said Vicki Jackson, the local Toys For Tots coordinator.
The campaign is conducted annually in more than 700 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
“Anyone can donate, we would love to receive donations from any and everyone,” Jackson said. “As the coordinators for this program, we feel very proud and honored to be a part of such a great mission.”
Both money and toy donations will be accepted. The toys will go to families in need in the Scotland and Robeson counties.
“Any family who is in need of assistance with Christmas can submit an application that will be processed and approved,” she said. “You can help us by visiting our local website to make a donation or a toy request.”
The toys must be new, unwrapped toys and can be dropped off in collection boxes positioned in local businesses.
“This program is a wonderful program, which brings a message of hope to children and families during the Christmas season,” she said. “At Christmas, coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community.”
Marines also work closely with social welfare agencies, churches and other local community agencies to assist the underprivileged children and families. The marines will also be at the Toy Drive to show their support and help collect toys while greeting children and families.
“We are excited about the businesses, schools, churches and day care facilities in Scotland and Robeson counties that have committed to supporting this program and we are expecting many more to come aboard,” she said.
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.