Littleton Food Co-op teams up with Toys for Tots for holiday toy drive
In the spirit of the holiday season, the Littleton Food Co-op will partner in December with the local U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots effort. As the Co-op’s Partner of the Month, Toys for Tots will receive all donations collected in the checkout canisters throughout the month, as well as $1 for every hand-tossed pizza sold on Pizza Fridays. In addition, the Co-op will be a collection point for toys.
Founded in the 1940s, Toys for Tots is a U.S. Marine Corps-led program collecting toys for children throughout the nation. Since its inception, Toys for Tots has distributed nearly 17 million toys during the holidays to more than 7 million children.
Locally, the organization distributes thousands of toys to about 500 families in the region, according to local Toys for Tots coordinator Carleen Quinn.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Toys for Tots this month and hope our efforts will help provide a merry Christmas to many children in the area,” said Co-op manager Ed King. “The Co-op’s founding general manager, Bob Hayes, is a Marine Corps veteran and a proud supporter of Toys for Tots. We’re honored to work with so many local organizations to build a strong community, and to collaborate with groups like Toys for Tots and support the good work they do.”
New, unwrapped toys may be left in Toys for Tots boxes in several area businesses, including the Co-op. Other drop-off locations include Littleton Chevrolet, Walgreens, The Rocks in Bethlehem, Evergreen Gym in Lisbon, Coldwell Banker Linwood Real Estate in Lincoln, and Franconia Notch Vacations in Franconia.
Toys will be collected right up to Christmas Eve and will be distributed to local families. Quinn said the program specifically needs baby toys and gifts for teenagers. For the latter, she suggests movie passes or gift cards to area stores.
Any items received too late for the holiday or not needed this season, she said, will be saved for next year.
The local Toys for Tots program is sponsored by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 5-3. There will be a Toys for Tots toy drive at the Littleton Wal-Mart Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Families interested in learning about receiving toys from Toys for Tots may visit www.toysfortots.org.
For information on participating in this program, please contact Katelyn Krumperman 603-444-1430 or e-mail email@example.com.