Christmas will be a little brighter for some area families thanks to the efforts of 4-County employees and members. For the fourth straight year, employees and members representing the cooperative’s Corporate Center and five Customer Service Centers dug deep and offered their time and money to do some Christmas shopping for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The efforts were a big success. Nearly 250 toys and over $400 in donations were collected. The toys will be distributed by Toys for Tots personnel throughout the cooperative’s eight-county service territory.
“We were excited to partner with an organization like Toys for Tots. Certainly, we were glad to be part of an effort that makes Christmas a little bigger, a little better and a little brighter for area children. We had wonderful participation from our employees and there was a lot of enthusiasm to help our local communities. It was a great way to get in the Christmas spirit,” said 4-County Communications Coordinator Brad Barr.
Toys for Tots drop-off boxes were placed in each 4-County office Nov. 11. The toys were collected Dec. 12 and picked up by U.S. Marines and Toys for Tots personnel Dec. 14.
Charles Adkins, an 11-year area coordinator for Toys for Tots, said program participation from organizations like 4-County is vital in keeping services strong. “We wouldn’t be able to do this program without groups like 4-County. It’s hard to explain how important this program is. Children could wake up this Christmas morning and not have anything. Someone has to help. We try to take up as much slack as we can,” Adkins said.
“It’s a great program,” Adkins added. “I’ve seen the look on the family members’ faces when they get the toys. It’s priceless. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Over the 64 years of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marines have distributed more than 400 million toys to 188 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children at Christmas.