Toys for Tots needs gifts - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Toys for Tots needs gifts

Posted: Updated:
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

At the US Marine Corps Reserve Center in Charlotte troops are preparing their battle gear, HMMWV trucks and even their battleships.

"When they see that Marine presence it makes them more generous to actually do versus just having a box out there and not seeing anybody out there collecting a toy," said Gunnery Sergeant Montreal Johnson.

But this is a different mission, one a bit more peaceful and sure to bring many smiles.

"I spent $3000 that day buying toys for children," said Johnson.

These Marines are helping less fortunate kids of Charlotte through their annual Toy for Tots Campaign.

And the Corp says our fragile economy has increased the need in our community.

"We're trying to help those individual families out," said Gunnery Sergeant Johnson.

So far the Marine Corp has collected close to 1000 gifts but that's still not enough.

"As of right we need now roughly 10 thousand," said Johnson.

They're looking for solid, new toys that will last and they should be unwrapped.

This year there is a special need.

"We are in great need of toys for the older children," said Gunnery Sergeant Johnston. 

"Granted we'll take whatever we can take but we are looking for ages eight and above."

There are over 60 nonprofit organizations requesting toys this year from the Marines.

It's a very tough order to fill.

"That lets me know the need through the community is fairly high this year," said the sergeant.

But with your help these Marines know their mission will be accomplished.

For a complete list of Toys for Tots drop off locations log on to www.toysfortots.org

The Marines will be accepting donations until December 14th.

You can also help by making a cash donation.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
  • Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
    (WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
    A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
  • Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:53:06 GMT
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party.More >>
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party. Deputies said it escalated into a gun battle near the Cadillac Club on Thelma Andrews Road.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.