Mid-Shore families benefit from Toys for Tots
EASTON — Mid-Shore families benefitted from the 15th annual Toys for Tots program, which was organized by Talbot County Young Professionals.
The organization received 1,958 toys before the luncheon and topped 2,000 during the luncheon. Those toys will be given to an estimated 750 Mid-Shore families.
During the annual luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Tidewater Inn, the Sts. Peter and Paul Middle and High School Choir sang holiday songs, including “Silver Bells,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Let it Snow.”
The mission of the Talbot County Young Professionals is to develop, enact, empower and retain Talbot County young professionals. It is done through increased opportunities and resources that will enhance their professional development and business access within the region.
“The community of Talbot has come together once again to support our Toys for Tots mission that provides thousands of toys for our children in the Mid-Shore,” said Talbot County Young Professionals President Andrew Tawney. “We have had another successful campaign, and we would like to thank all of you for your generous contribution because we are up to 1,958 toys. It amazes me how much effort goes into this.”
Each child gets five toys a piece, and in addition, each family will be distributed board games, arts and crafts, books and stocking stuffers.
For families to receive the toys, there were designated sign-up days. Toys for Tots North Eastern Shore Coordinator Sgt. Greg Manning said he had two lists together that includes over 750 families this year.
The families that were approved for toys needed to show proof of ID and that they lived in one of the five Mid-Shore counties — Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s. They also must have a record of the child’s birth, including a birth certificate, a registration of a hospital or social services letter.
Manning said he could not thank the Young Professionals enough for their hard work and effort for families in need to receive gifts this holiday season.
“In the 15 years that you guys have been doing this, that you have actually donated to Toys for Tots, is nearly half a million dollars in toys without tax,” Manning said. “A half million toys are enjoyed by children in Christmas morning that otherwise wouldn’t have toys.”
Toys will be distributed in Easton at the Elks Lodge, 502 Dutchmans Lane, on Tuesday, Dec.18, 19 and 20, starting at 6 p.m.
Volunteers must show up at the distribution point about 30 to 45 minutes early, so the process of distributing toys can be explained. As soon as the process is finished, the doors will open and volunteers can start giving toys out to the parents.
“Volunteers must know that there will be grateful parents, and I assure you that some of you will need some Kleenex to wipe your eyes and nose, because sometimes you will have tears,” Manning said. “We are dealing with the neediest of families and children, the children who would not otherwise have toys for Christmas. And what we are doing in the community is making sure that no child is left behind for Christmas.”
Former Talbot County Young Professionals President Andrew Tawney, left, and Toys for Tots North Eastern Shore Coordinator Sgt. Greg Manning spoke at the Talbot County Young Professionals 15th annual Toys for Tots Luncheon on Wednesday.
The Sts. Peter and Paul Middle & High School Choir sang a holiday song selection, including “Silver Bells,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Let it Snow,” during the Talbot County Young Professionals Toys for Tots Luncheon.