To the Editor:
Thousands of Vermont kids are living below the poverty level and at Christmas, they would not have a “good toy day” if not for the efforts of Toys for Kids, a 100 percent volunteer, nonprofit program.
Coordinated by the Marine Corps League, Toys for Kids is the largest Christmas toy collection program in Vermont. With the help of NBC Channel 5 TV and many business sponsors, countless volunteers work diligently during the Christmas season to monitor and empty hundreds of red Toy for Kids barrels. New, unwrapped toys are turned over to agencies such as the Salvation Army for distribution to needy families in Vermont. We also depend on financial donations that are used to buy Visa gift cards for older kids 15 to 17 years old.
In 2017, all of our collected toys were distributed and our savings allowed us to spend approximately $22,000 on gift cards. Nevertheless, we still were short by 4 percent in toy collection and by about $4,500 in financial donations to satisfy the Christmas need in our Vermont communities. With the growing need year after year, we to fall short again this year.
How can you help?
• Purchase an extra toy or two to go into one of the red “Toys for Kids” barrels located throughout the community. A list of barrel locations is online at toysforkidsvt.com.
• Provide a financial donation to “Toys for Kids” either via PayPal to “Toys for Kids Vermont” or mail a check to: “Toys for Kids; P.O. Box 4092; Burlington, Vt. 05406”.
Find more information on our website, or contact any Marine Corps League member, or call me at 802-872-0354. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Vermont state coordinator
Toys for Kids