Toys for Tots provides gifts for 700 Mid-shore families
CENTREVILLE — The Sgt. Jason D.mileo Marine Corps League, Detachment 1147, provided Christmas gifts to some 700 Mid-shore parents for nearly 2,000 through the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots campaign over the weekend, Dec. 18-20. Parents from Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Kent, Caroline and Dorchester counties visited American Legion Jeff Davis Post 18 to pick up the toys.
Suzie Hensley of Greensboro, who coordinated the Toys for Tots effort with Greg Manning, said, “To receive toys, parents had to pre-register prior to the end of November. The parent had to provide a current driver’s license with current address, and provide birth certificates for the children or court papers for children in foster care to received toys. People couldn’t just show up. Each parent who was pre-registered was provided the day and time to show up to receive the toys they needed for this Christmas. We had plenty of toys. However, we were short on having bicycles this year.”
Manning has been involved with Toys for Tots for 18 years and is currently tpost 18 commander.
He said, “The Marine Corps provided us $15,000 to buy toys. I was able to raise another $30,000, locally. All of the money raised locally is spent for toys for local children. Our money stays here in our region for our children.”
Parents were assigned a morning pick-up time, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., or an evening one, 6 to 8 p.m.
Distribution was organized, and social distancing guidelines followed outside and inside the Legion building. Face masks were required to be worn by volunteers and parents. Everyone’s temperatures were taken as they entered the building.