The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity created in 1991 to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute the toys as Christmas gifts to underserved children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Toys that are collected in the area, stay in the area.
Cash and check donations are sent to a special account in the name of Prescott, Ariz, to purchase toys for the Quad City Area. "The principal goal is to send a message of hope for the future for needy children," local contact Ed Fundalewicz said.
The Copper State Detachment of the Marine Corps League again is supporting the campaign in the Quad City area. The campaign started Nov. 1 and runs until Dec. 19.
In Chino Valley people can drop off toys at: Walgreens, Ace Hardware, Alco, Brightstar RV & Mini Storage, Chino Valley Senior Center, Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, MAZY'S, Clayton Homes, Depot 89, Hunts Building Center, Olsen's Grain, Safeway Foods, JAVA Chuckwagon, CV Review, National Bank, O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Anytime Fitness, AZ Credit Union, Amerigas, Radio Shack.
Charities for toy request and pick-up:
Salvation Army Service Unit (C.V. Community Church) - 1969 N. Hwy 69
First Southern Baptist Church - 1524 N. Hwy 89 - 928-636-2014
Paulden Christian Fellowship - 928-499-5240.