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Holiday Helping: Toys for Tots
HOLIDAY HELPING: See more opportunities to help out for the holidays.
Rob Hedelt recently had a great story about Toys for Tots. And with Black Friday coming up and so many deals on toys, it’s a great time to pick up an extra toy for a child in need. Those toys are given to many local charities, who hand them out to families with children who would otherwise wake up Christmas morning without presents under the tree.
The story includes ways that you can help the effort, including:
Some opportunities to drop off toys:
A Roughnecks Virginia motorcycle run Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. from the Lion & Bull Restaurant in Haymarket to the warehouse here at The Free Lance–Star.
A visit by the Roaring Renegades Mustang Club to the warehouse at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7.
The Fredericksburg Christmas Parade on Dec. 7 and Scouting Day on Dec. 14 at the warehouse from 8 a.m. to noon. Marines will collect toys for the program in several of the parking lots for the parade, with parking fees from some also going to the program.
Also set for Dec. 14 is a special VRE day where toys and donations are collected, and a Star Radio Group event at Spotsylvania Towne Centre from noon to 6 p.m.
HELP TOYS FOR TOTS
ONLINE: To find a toy drop-off site or to make an electronic contribution to the Quantico Campaign of Toys For Tots, go online to:quantico-va.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx. (Click on “Toy Drop-offs” then enter your ZIP code.)
GROUND ZERO:Toys can also be dropped off at this year’s Toys For Tots warehouse, in the back of The Free Lance–Star building on the corner of William and Douglas streets in Fredericksburg.
BY MAIL:Donations can be mailed to: Toys For Tots, 26100 Bailey Avenue, Quantico, Va., 22134, with “Quantico Campaign” on the check’s memo line.
TO VOLUNTEER: Workers fit enough to do some minimal lifting and moving are needed in the warehouse, especially on weekdays. To volunteer, register on the website above or call 703/887-3829.