Mid-Shore fam­i­lies ben­e­fit from Toys for Tots

Times-Record - - NEWS - By CHRISTINA ACOSTA ca­[email protected]­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY CHRISTINA ACOSTA

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.

PHOTO BY CHRISTINA ACOSTA

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.

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