From generous hearts and countless donations within the community, the USMC League Detachment #1040 and their partners from Georgia State Patrol Post #2 were able to break records and reach more local children this Christmas than ever before. 1,969 toys were counted and collected at the end of this year’s campaign, and Senior Trooper George Cotton wanted to recognize the help he received from local individuals, businesses, and community organizations throughout the 2016 Toys 4 Tots outreach: “We are thankful for the support of The George Eiland Marine Corps League Detachment #1040 for their vision with Toys for Tots 2016. It was motivational to work with this wonderful group of compassionate professionals in Troup County. The success of this year’s campaign was driven by teamwork and dedication. We appreciate the opportunity to serve with leaders in our community. This epitomizes what public service is all about.
We were blessed with a very diverse group of compassionate contributors that battled the weather as well as large crowds to make sure a needy child will be smiling on Christmas morning. We met new people, reunited with past friends, and even saw smiles exhibited on young faces as they contributed to others less fortunate than themselves.”
Wal-Mart Supercenter staff members were noted for their contributions, too. After final monetary donations were collected, Trooper Cotton and other volunteers organized several “Toy Raids” that allowed them to go inside the store and purchase even more toys (all at a discounted rate). “They come and shop with us every year,” saidWal-Mart Toy Department Manager Danny Hill. From Barbie dolls and trains to board games and school supplies, Wal-Mart had plenty to offer. “We do whatever we can to help out,” said Hill.
Volunteers with Phil Nation’s 24 Hr. Roadside Service, United Way, and the Salvation Army also supported the mission by gathering and organizing final toy donations at Beechwood Furniture Outlet. Additional help came from other local law enforcement agencies and safety personnel including the LaGrange Police Department, the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, and the LaGrange City and Troup County Fire Departments.
“These toy drives were held to provide local children with those special gifts on Christmas morning. Toys for Tots collections are sponsored each year by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The toys donated here along with any monetary donations collected this season were utilized and will be distributed throughout Troup County,” explained Trooper Cotton.
All collections ended on Sunday, December 18, but the toy distribution immediately began the following day on Monday, December 19.
Trooper Cotton and Troup County News would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Toys 4 Tots outreach. From the campaign leaders through the local USMC League and Georgia State Patrol Post #2 to the Wal-Mart staff, from the business/non-profit organization volunteers to the generous individuals who donated change or a toy, we wish each person who lent a helping hand a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Peyton Hanners Staff Writer