For 64 years, the United States Marine Corps has sponsored its Toys for Tots program, pairing up for the past 27 years with police departments to collect toys during the Christmas season for needy kids.
Captain Rob Theve announced that Northborough would once again be participating in the effort.
"We're working with the Marine Corps out of Worcester," said Theve. "We collected more than 1,000 toys last year, and we're hoping to beat that."
As in years past, this year people can drop-off new, non-violent, unwrapped toys through Friday, Dec. 16, at the , the Northborough Fire Department and the during business hours.
Steak and Ale has offered to be a drop-off spot this year, as has A Duie Pyle. Children at the , as well as Boy Scout Pack 55 is helping with the effort.
Toys for Tots accepts donations for ages newborn to age 14; however this holiday season there is a specific need for toys designed for children ages 9 to 14 years old. The continued economic downturn finds even more Massachusetts families in need of toys for their children and requests have increased significantly.
The State Police and the Marine Corps encourage those with the means to do so to donate to this worthy program and help ensure a happy holiday season for a disadvantaged Massachusetts child.
Donors may also drop off toys at any State Police Barracks. Anyone wishing to monetarily donate can make a check out to Toys for Tots mailed to MSP Toys for Tots Coordinator 124 Acton Street, Maynard MA 01754. Individuals looking for more information may visit the program’s website.