Organization aims to help children in need


Contributing Writer 

The Toys for Tots drive is an organization that specializes in providing gifts for children whose parents cannot afford them, giving children something to smile about Christmas morning.

Toys for Tots Corpus Christi covers three counties: Nueces, San Patricio and Aransas. Online signups for toys began Oct. 1 and ended Dec. 1. Distribution will take place Dec. 16-17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sunrise Mall. An event with this many moving parts would not be possible without a collaborative effort.

“It’s been a blessing to be able to serve all of the needy and unprivileged children within our three counties,” said Walter Rose, Toys for Tots coordinator. “We greatly appreciate all our donors, toy drop sites, sponsor events, local media and especially all of the volunteers who help contribute to make this Toys for Tots a success.”

“This year we [had] a Toys for Tots Motorcycle parade on Dec. 3, near Concrete Street Amphitheater,” Rose said. “We greatly appreciate all the support.”

Toys for Tots is an integral part of the Marine Toys for Tots program managed by dedicated United States Marines and local volunteers. Every year, this organization strives to improve and grow as a community.

“This is a great organization and I’ve been donating to it since I was a child myself,” said junior Alyssa Gomez. “I know what it’s like to be in both positions so I want to make sure every child wakes up with a smile on their face.”

Since 1947, Marines have been able to distribute more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million needy children.

“Christmas is a time of giving with magic and happiness in the air, it shouldn’t be a day of frowns and sadness,” Gomez said. “It makes me happy to know that there are a lot of people out there who feel the same. Every year keeps on improving and it just makes my heart full.”

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