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How to Help: Toys for Tots

Collection sites are springing up for toy donations.

On this Veterans Day weekend, Patch wanted to highlight the humanitarian work of the military, specifically the work of the U.S. Marines.

The Toys for Tots campaign is organized by local Marines and provides toys to children that may not have a Christmas holiday.

According to Toys for Tots, since 1947, the campaign has provided toys to more than 200 million needy children.

In the past three years alone, the St. Louis area Toys for Tots campaign - which includes St. Charles County - has steadily increased toy collections and monetary donations each year by eight to nine percent. In 2010, toys were distributed to more than 195,000 area children and the campaign collected over $225,000 to purchase additional toys.

The Toys for Tots campaign has zero administrative expenses, according to its web site, and 100 percent of each dollar donated goes right back into assisting children in need.

In St. Charles, the Chamber of Commerce is holding a Santa Dash run on Saturday, Dec. 10, to raise funds and toys for Toys for Tots. The registration deadline for the event is Nov. 23 — no race day applications will be accepted.

The event features a 5K run, a one-mile walk, holiday spirits and Christmas shopping.

For those wanting to purchase a gift for a needy child while out and about, Patch has compiled a list of venues hosting Toys for Tots drop-off boxes. Know of another location in St. Charles County? Please tell us in the comments.

Toy collection has already begun. Other important dates are as follows:

  • Dec. 5 – First  day of toy distribution
  • Dec. 19 – Final day to request toys
  • Dec. 22 – Last day to pick up toys
Drop-Off Point City Phone Email Address
O'Fallon 636-240-9218 Wentzville 636-327-6267 dndooley28@yahoo.com Cub Scout Pack 989 St. Charles 314-393-7795 wilmahamm1961@yahoo.com O'Fallon 636-281-1982 O'Fallon 636-978-7755 Fink Chiropractic Cottleville 636-922-0777 j_dryden@charter.net St. Charles 636-946-7777 drmarkholland@hotmail.com Wentzville 636-332-1769 jennifer@drfridley.com Great Clips St. Peters 314-322-3773 aly5402@yahoo.com J. Noto Bakery St. Charles 636-949-0800 Jasper@JNoto.com Keller Williams Realty St. Charles 314-517-5104 Jeff@JeffFellows.com St. Charles 636-262-5686 eric@ericbacon.com Wentzville 636-887-4244 Wentzville 636-327-4446 lockeytina@yahoo.com Wentzville O'Fallon 636-272-3499 The Villages at Homefield O'Fallon 636-294-4860 jessica@homefieldvillages.com St. Peters 636-397-5000 Weight Watchers Cottleville 314-610-9126 connie@wirecraftco.com
Aja J. Junior November 14, 2011 at 06:20 PM
I remember my local Boys and Girls Club helping with this cause each year when I was growing up. I believe that I gave two or three Barbie dolls to the collection, and it made me feel good to be a kid helping another kid. It's a really good cause.

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