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CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DONATES, DELIVERS TO TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN
During the recent holiday season, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department continued in its annual tradition of support for the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s (U.S.M.C.R.) annual Toys for Tots campaign by collecting and delivering donations of toys from many of the Department’s custody and non–custody staff.
Several bins full of donations were generously contributed by members of the Department, which were then collected from designated drop–off sites located at the Suffolk County House of Correction and Nashua Street Jail and transported to the U.S.M.C.R.’s warehouse headquarters on Drydock Avenue in Boston for distribution to children in need throughout Suffolk County.
According to U.S.M.C.R. data, the Toys for Tots program distributes nearly 20 million toys to more than 7.6 children across the country. Collecting new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributing those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community where the campaign is conducted, the primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
For Ed Geary, Jr., Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Director of Communications and External Affairs, it is a message that is also received by the donors themselves.
“It is heartwarming to see so many members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department step up and donate to the Toys for Tots campaign this year,” said Geary, Jr. “It is so important that we support those in need, especially children, at this time of year.”
“I have been managing the toy drive at the Sheriff’s Department for several years now and with the economy the way it’s been, I must say that I am amazed at the amount of donations that came in. This year, we’re dropping off hundreds of toys for the program and I know that, due to the generosity and support offered by the staff of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, some children in Suffolk County will be smiling this Christmas.”
That number, says Toys for Tots’ Corporal Vin Dolan, U.S.M.C. (Ret.), will exceed the demand expressed last year, making each and every donation crucial to the organization.
“Last year, we gave out well over 150,000 toys,” said Col. Dolan. “Demand this year is going to exceed last year’s numbers and, as of December 17, we have approximately 50 more orders to fill before Christmas.”
“I want to offer a special ‘thank you’ to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for everything they’ve been doing to support us and the Toys for Tots program,” Cpl. Dolan continued. “I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department has been doing their part in helping us collect toys through the years. If we didn’t have people like the ones in the Department step up, we would not be able to make this possible for these young kids.”
Corporal Dolan went on to explain that the Toys for Tots organization also takes care of the families of those troops who have been called away in the service of their country. For the past 8 years, Toys for Tots has sent toys to Pease Air Force base in New Hampshire to greet soldiers when they come home.
Beginning operations in 1947, Toys for Tots was created by Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles who collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children that year. The drive has since expanded exponentially to annually include local campaigns in approximately 500 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
To learn more about The Toys for Tots campaign, visit: www.toysfortots.org.