Toys for Tots needs gifts - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Toys for Tots needs gifts

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

At the US Marine Corps Reserve Center in Charlotte troops are preparing their battle gear, HMMWV trucks and even their battleships.

"When they see that Marine presence it makes them more generous to actually do versus just having a box out there and not seeing anybody out there collecting a toy," said Gunnery Sergeant Montreal Johnson.

But this is a different mission, one a bit more peaceful and sure to bring many smiles.

"I spent $3000 that day buying toys for children," said Johnson.

These Marines are helping less fortunate kids of Charlotte through their annual Toy for Tots Campaign.

And the Corp says our fragile economy has increased the need in our community.

"We're trying to help those individual families out," said Gunnery Sergeant Johnson.

So far the Marine Corp has collected close to 1000 gifts but that's still not enough.

"As of right we need now roughly 10 thousand," said Johnson.

They're looking for solid, new toys that will last and they should be unwrapped.

This year there is a special need.

"We are in great need of toys for the older children," said Gunnery Sergeant Johnston. 

"Granted we'll take whatever we can take but we are looking for ages eight and above."

There are over 60 nonprofit organizations requesting toys this year from the Marines.

It's a very tough order to fill.

"That lets me know the need through the community is fairly high this year," said the sergeant.

But with your help these Marines know their mission will be accomplished.

For a complete list of Toys for Tots drop off locations log on to www.toysfortots.org

The Marines will be accepting donations until December 14th.

You can also help by making a cash donation.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Residents prepare for storm chances over holiday weekend

    Residents prepare for storm chances over holiday weekend

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:21 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:21:51 GMT
    James Lawrence. (Source: WALB)James Lawrence. (Source: WALB)

    With Alberto expected to impact Southwest Georgia, you can never be too prepared when it comes to the safety of you and your family. As the rain and thunderstorms move through our area, Albany residents say their holiday plans are changing.

    More >>

    With Alberto expected to impact Southwest Georgia, you can never be too prepared when it comes to the safety of you and your family. As the rain and thunderstorms move through our area, Albany residents say their holiday plans are changing.

    More >>
  • Albany town hall meeting held to tackle diabetes awareness

    Albany town hall meeting held to tackle diabetes awareness

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:17 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:17:40 GMT
    City leaders held a town hall to discuss diabetes in South Georgia. (Source: WALB)City leaders held a town hall to discuss diabetes in South Georgia. (Source: WALB)
    City leaders held a town hall to discuss diabetes in South Georgia. (Source: WALB)City leaders held a town hall to discuss diabetes in South Georgia. (Source: WALB)

    Dougherty County is ranked 3-percent higher than the national average of people diagnosed with diabetes. 

    More >>

    Dougherty County is ranked 3-percent higher than the national average of people diagnosed with diabetes. 

    More >>
  • Saturday's rain didn't keep boaters from the water

    Saturday's rain didn't keep boaters from the water

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:15 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:15:40 GMT
    The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)
    The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)

    Despite the scattered showers, we saw Saturday some people just couldn't resist hitting the water. In the morning, the Kinchafoonee Creek was at a good water level for boaters. 

    More >>

    Despite the scattered showers, we saw Saturday some people just couldn't resist hitting the water. In the morning, the Kinchafoonee Creek was at a good water level for boaters. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly