Friday, December 25, 2009

Successful Year for Toys for Tots in St. George

Once again Rick Massey surpassed his own goals for Toys for Tots.  Several members of the Detachment spent countless hours delivering and placing TFT boxes, collecting toys, manning stations and greeting people in front of three local WalMart stores, using donated money to pre-shop for toys, driving to various locations to pick up and/or unload toy donations by various organizations, sorting and wrapping gifts at the Dixie Center and serving and clean-up at the Elks Lodge for the "Shop With a Cop" experience for local children.  There was also a dinner held at the Elks Lodge to present toys to handicapped kids.  We partner with Coins for Kids who have streamlined the process of delivery of toys, but we still have Santa Mike who assists with delivery of toys to several special needs cases.

Check out the article in The Spectrum on Christmas Day on one special delivery in which our Detachment participated.

All in all, an outstanding result for the 2009 Toys for Tots program in Southern Utah. Congratulations to all, with special thanks to Rick for his incredible energy for this program.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Toys for Tots

December IS Toys for Tots for the Utah Dixie Marine Corps League.  Rick Massey is the liaison for Toys for Tots.  His incredible energy for this program is awe inspiring.  Rick and his team of about 20 Marines, who assist in representing the Detachment in events that produce both monetary contributions and donated toys, spend hours making it happen - all designed to make some needy families very happy at Christmas.  The Detachment teams up with the local Coins for Kids, an organization that delivers our collected toys to needy families in the SoUtah area.  There are so many activities to make this all come together: installing TFT boxes in local business locations, checking them nearly daily, standing by the TFT boxes at three local WalMart locations as people donate their new toys or money, picking up donations by a very generous Toys-R-Us, collecting at another local business locations, delivering all the toys to the convention center and joining other community volunteers in catagorizing and wrapping the toys, and having Santa dress up to assist in delivery.  The happiness in the faces of children makes it all worthwhile. Ooorah, Marines!