The 2020 Toys for Tots Drive is underway and online applications are now being taken. The drive will end Dec. 15.
Run by Cpl. Joshua J. Ware Marine Corps League #1403 along with the River Valley Marine Corps League in Fort Smith, Ark., the Toy Store is at the intersection of Oklahoma State Highway 59 North and Highway 101, at the southwest corner in the old Sparks Convenience Store building.
People are asked to donate new toys (please no more stuffed animals, they have plenty!) to the cause at donation boxes that are placed around the area at all Dollar General stores, Tractor Supply stores, VFWs at Muldrow and Sallisaw and most medical marijuana dispensaries in Sequoyah County.
Jackie Plank, adjutant/paymaster with the Ware Marine Corps League, urged folks in need to visit toysfortots.org to fill out an application. Click on “Oklahoma,” then click on “Sequoyah County,” even if you live in another county.
Plank said last year’s toy drive helped about 1,200 families around the area, and she expects a similar number, if not more, this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Toys for Tots allows kids to have a Christmas that they otherwise wouldn’t have had. It’s a wonderful organization to be a part of,” she said Thursday.
Plank said workers are busy getting the toy store all set up and decorated for families to come and do their shopping. They will allow one family at a time in the store. The store will be open after Nov. 16 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-5 p.m. Masks are required and you must bring ID and proof of custody.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer