Dacula residents have a simple and convenient way to help less fortunate children this Christmas season. Multiple Dacula area business are volunteering to serve as Toys for Tots collection sites and most donations will be accepted through mid-December.
The concept for the Toys for Tots Program originated back in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, United States Marine Corps Reserve, and a group of Marine Reservists collected and then distributed over 5,000 toys to needy children. The project was successful and in 1948 the Marine Corps decided to adopt Toys for Tots and expand it into a nationwide campaign that would take place yearly at Christmas. According to the Toys for Tots website, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys of Tots Program has collected and distributed over 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children nationwide over the past 62 years.
The Toys for Tots Program is simple. Community members drop off new, unwrapped toys at one of the collection sites, coordinators then pick up these toys and transport them to a central warehouse where they are sorted by age and gender. As Christmas approaches, coordinators working with local church groups and other volunteers distribute the toys to needy children throughout the community.
Currently there are multiple “Toys for Tots” drop-off sites in the immediate Dacula area, below is a listing of drop-off sites and the last date that donations will be accepted according to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation website:
- , 3511 Braselton Highway now through Dec. 12.
- at 3535 Braselton Highway now through Dec. 15.
- , 3507 Braselton Highway now through Dec. 16.
- now through Dec. 19
- 465 Dacula Road now through Dec. 19
- , 2160 Hamilton Creek now through Dec. 19
- , now through Dec. 23
- 2380 Hamilton Mill Parkway now through Dec. 15
located at 752 Dacula Road in Dacula is accepting toys as well and will also be hosting their on Tuesday evening, Dec. 6. This event which encourages donations from the community will include Marine Corps representatives, live music, a live auction, visits from Santa and Elvis and more fun for the whole family!