Marines already busy collecting toys for tots
SIERRA VISTA — Area Marines are gearing up for their birthday and major holiday events which will take place from now until nearly the end of the year.
The annual Toys for Tots is already under way, according to Jim Willig, a member of the Marine Corps League’s Thunder Mountain Detachment.
The Cochise County Coordinator again this year is Marine veteran Jim Adams who has been appointed by the national headquarters of the Marine Corps Reserves, Willig said.
In 2012, the first county-coordinated effort by the Marine Corps League saw “more than 8,700 toys provided to more than 3,500 needy children,” Willig said.
And, with the continuing economic problems facing many in the county, he said this year’s needs will be greater.
“For 2013 our goal is 10,000 plus toys,” Willig said.
Adams said collection boxes are being provided to businesses and other groups.
Donations being accepted are new, unwrapped items which can be used by newborns to 18-year-olds.
Additionally cash donations may be made and donation jars will be placed around the county, Adams said.
Individuals who want to make check donations can do so by writing them to Toys for Tots — Hereford and sent them to Jim Adams at 5740 S. Wild Rose, Hereford, AZ 85615. The program is a 501(c)3 charity and donations are tax deductible.
Adams said this year the Marine Reserve holiday program is partnering with the Sierra Vista Shop with a Cop day and after needy children obtain new clothing, they will come to the local Toys for Tots headquarters in Sierra Vista to make a selection of items.
Families who want to be part of the program will have to fill out an application, which can be found at the headquarters located at Vista Business Park, 999 E. Fry Blvd, Suite 223 in Sierra Vista. The suite is the first set of long buildings behind a number of businesses facing Fry Boulevard, which include the Sprint Store, Liberty Tax Service and others.
Willig said there are a number of campaign partners within the county who will either be collection points for donations, distribution centers or both.
Adams said partners involved in the different communities in the county will take care of families within their areas and will receive additional items if needed.
Besides Adams and Willig the two other members of the county Toys for Tots committee are Norm Sponcey and Gary Shreve.
If, working on what is a major holiday drive for needy families isn’t enough, the local Marine Corps League detachment is also working on the following:
• A Marine Corps Ball, to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the service, will be held on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club. The formal event is limited to 100 people, as the main ball will be held in Tucson on Nov. 10 instead of Fort Huachuca.
Tickets for the PDS ball is $45 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the Thunder Mountain Detachment at P.O. Box 1081, Sierra Vista AZ 85635 or by email at ThunderMountainMCL@gmail.com.
• The annual memorial service for Marines will be held at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10.
Toys drive names collection spots
A number of Cochise County organizations are participating in this year’s Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program as collection points and they are:
• U.S. Border Patrol which will collect items at the Douglas, Naco and Willcox stations.
• Cochise County Sheriff’s Office at its main headquarters and all substations.
• Tombstone Marshal’s Office.
• Benson, Douglas and Elfrida fire departments.
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Bisbee and Sierra Vista.
• Elfrida Citizens Alliance.
• Benson Community Presbyterian Church’s Junior’s Women’s Club.
• Sierra Vista Central Baptist Church.
• Sierra Toyota.
• Joint Interoperability Test Command on Fort Huachuca.
• Willcox Chamber of Commerce.
As well as a number of county businesses.
Some places will be distribution points to include the Tombstone Cowboy Church, Douglas Fire Department, Benson Community Presbyterian Church. Elfrida Citizens Alliance, Sierra Vista Central Baptist Church, Bisbee and Sierra Vista Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Willcox Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about the Cochise County Toys for Tots program call Jim Adams at (520) 803-0968, Gary Shreve at (520) 226-6525, Norm Sponcey at (520) 459-8490 or Jim Willig at (520) 907-6337.
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