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109 Alto-Reste Park, Altoona, PA 16601
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Charity Spotlight

01
NOV
2020

Altoona Toys for Tots Drop-Off

This holiday season, we’re continuing our support of Toys for Tots and their efforts to deliver hope to less fortunate children in our community.

Toys for Tots is about more than just collecting Christmas gifts. The organization is committed to uniting local communities and developing one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children.

In 2019, our area Toys for Tots (Ebensburg Marines Toys for Tots) distributed 35,388 toys and supported 3,004 children.

You can be a part of this heart-warming effort by donating to our toy drive this year! Your donations will spread joy and hope to numerous children and their families.

Toys for Tots Donation Guidelines

(Taken from the Toys for Tots Standing Operating Procedures)

  1. Toys that can be donated
    • new and un-wrapped
      • Since 1980, Marines have collected and distributed only new, unwrapped toys.
        The reasons: Marines do not have time to refurbish used toys; and there could be legal
        ramifications should the program distribute dangerous or dirty toys that could cause injury or
        illness to a child. Lastly, one of the Marine Corps’ principal goals for the Toys for Tots program
        is to send a message of hope for the future to needy children. The best way to accomplish this
        goal is through a shiny, new toy, or a new, exciting book to read. This goal cannot be
        accomplished through “hand-me-down” toys.
      • Toys should be unwrapped to enable coordinators and volunteers to determine that
        the gift is safe for distribution and to identify the appropriate age and gender for each gift.
    • preferably around the $10 or above price range
    • homemade toys are also accepted  (From the SOP: “Toy makers must understand the requirement that homemade toys be safe: no small parts; rounded edges; lead-free paint; minimal moving parts that could cause injury; etc.”)
  2. Toys that are NOT allowed
    • used toys
    • toys that look like realistic weapons
    • toys with candy or food
    • toys with chemicals (i.e., experimental labs, acid, crystal projects, etc.)
  3. Ages of children that are eligible to receive toys
    • ages 0 up to 12 years
  4. Monetary donations
    • Monetary and online donations can be given directly to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation on their website: Make a Donation

 

You are welcome to bring your toy donations to the Alto-Reste Park office
anytime from now until November 23th.

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109 Alto-Reste Park
Altoona, PA 16601

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Directions to Alto Reste

To learn more about the Toys for Tots program:

Visit the Toys for Tots Website 
Browse through the Main Toys for Tots Facebook Page 
Check out the Local Toys for Tots Facebook Page