For organizations that help others it isn’t too early to start thinking about the holiday season. Shawna Forsberg is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications with United Way of the Midlands of Nebraska and says they are partnering with the U-S Marine Corps for this year’s Toys For Tots campaign. She says there is a huge need for donations. Last year more than 40,000 toys were donated to the cause and the requests for the need keep growing.
Forsberg says today they are kicking off the campaign with an event in Omaha. Toys will be accepted through Monday, December 9th and can be dropped off at labeled Toys For Tots boxes at a number of retail stores and businesses throughout Nebraska. Members of the Marine Corps Reserve will collect the toys from drop-off sites and sort them. Toys will be delivered on December 18th and 19th to the local agencies that are taking applications from families in need.
Participating agencies will take applications from families from November 1 through December 6. Families that want to apply for toys should dial 2-1-1 to find the application site closest to them. Those applying must bring proof of Social Security Number for all children and the parent or guardian. They must show proof of household income and proof of residency.
This is the 66th anniversary of the Toys For Tots program.