This past weekend, December 3-4, the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Post #2 collaborated with the local United States Marine Corps (USMC) League, Detachment #1040 to collect donations for this year’s Toys 4 Tots campaign. GSP had their blue lights on, and the USMC League sported their uniforms as they greeted Wal-Mart Supercenter shoppers and encouraged them to support the cause.
For the first weekend of this year’s campaign, the store goers’ participation was more than charitable. Senior Trooper George Cotton said that, in monetary donations alone, they had raised “over $1,000 in the first three hours… [there are] a lot of generous hearts out there today.”
Along with the money collected, large boxes were filled with toys for girls and boys of all ages. From plush stick horses and Frozen character dolls to Ninja Turtle costumes and Superman Hot Wheels, the community went above and beyond to guarantee a Merry Christmas for each local child in need.
In addition to individuals’ donations, local businesses like Scotty’s Towing and Phillip Nations Company and Inc. made their own contributions, too. Scotty’s Towing donated children’s bicycles and Phillip Nations Company and Inc. used one of their storage trucks to house and haul the toys that were collected.
Members of Troup High School’s Student Council volunteered their Saturday to greet shoppers and raise awareness for the Toys 4 Tots campaign as well. Sophomore Angel Summerville described her experience: “It’s great. It’s fun…especially interacting with the kids.”
As for Sunday, Senior Trooper George Cotton said, despite the wet and cold weather, they were “swamped throughout [the day].”
By the end of the first weekend of Toys 4 Tots, Senior Trooper George Cotton reported a grand total of $4,500 collected in monetary gifts alone, following hundreds of toy donations. “We’re doing real, real good,” he said.
But the campaign isn’t over yet. Senior Trooper George Cotton and the members of the local USMC League, Detachment #1040 will stand outside the Wal-Mart Supercenter once more, this upcoming weekend, ready for everyone to give back and reach out to children who wouldn’t receive gifts this Christmas apart from the community’s donations.
So come on out this Saturday or Sunday, from 1-4 pm, and join in on the Toys 4 Tots campaign by making a difference in the lives of children in need this Christmas season.
For questions about the 2016 Toys for Tots campaign, please call Senior Trooper George Cotton #464 at 706881-6515 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Georgia State Patrol—Post #2, 1659 Lafayette Parkway.
Peyton Hanners Staff Writer