Arlene, Georgia – Organization Partner
We have been receiving toys for six years now from the Toys for Tots Program. Each year, we create a memorable event to give the toys away to the families and kids. We decorate the Recreation Center in a festive way. We incorporate the entire community from police officers, community leaders, residents and business owners. We believe that the kids should be able to identify with the community they live in, see that they are loved and also experience the joy of giving and receiving. In total, we have served over 4,000 participants. Many families have returned year after year in the community until the children age out. We create a welcoming environment for the families where the kids can have their face painted or take pictures with Santa while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. We have had a Marine come out to our event to help give the toys away. The kids love that. The Toys for Tots Program is a blessing for the community we serve. We have had families tell us that they would not have had anything under the tree if it was not for this program. There is so much work to do, but as long as we take a piece and someone else does the same, eventually we can reach as many needs as possible.