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Toys for Tots needs more toys for tots

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Jim Bloodhart, a former U.S. Marine and member of the local Marine Corps League Sgt. Moses D. Rocha Detachment No. 1287, is happy to announce that the detachment is sponsoring this Toys For Tots drive again this year. Bloodhart will also be the Chaves County Toys For Tots coordinator for 2017.

The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation is proud of the fact that for 2011 through 2014, it has had a 97 percent donation success rate, far exceeding its projected outcome. This means that for every dollar donated, 97 cents goes to the children, including the values of toys. Chaves County Toys For Tots is delighted to report that the 2015-16 campaign has achieved a 100 percent donation success rate and that none of the donations went to the wages of Toys For Tots Foundation employees. This means that the 700+ individual local campaigns throughout the U.S. were manned strictly by volunteers.

The local Toys For Tots drive is currently ongoing through December 16, 2017. We have a larger than ever expectation of meeting the demands of our local children. During this campaign, we’re doing whatever it takes to meet the challenge of making sure that the less fortunate children of this community have a good Christmas. The distribution of toys for registered kids will be held at the north end of the Roswell Mall on Dec. 16, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Remember, all donations, toys and monies stay in Chaves County.

Last year, we distributed over 4,400 toys, books and stocking stuffers to over 1,950 children. The 2016 drive was our best ever in Chaves County. We were able to collect sufficient toy donations from our local communities to deliver these well-received toys for the children. We plan on exceeding that level this 2017 toy drive so we’re asking each person in our community to join with the Marine Corps Reserve and its Toys For Tots volunteers to help make the campaign a huge success.

To receive a shiny new toy during the holidays can mean the difference in the fulfilled dreams and hopes of our children now and in the future.

The Marine Corps League is looking for individuals, groups, corporate volunteers and sponsors to assist us in making this local 2017 Toys For Tots campaign a continued success. Please join our national business partners and our local business partners in our quest for a successful campaign. Chaves County Toys For Tots are also looking for locations to station collection boxes.

If you’d like to donate, become a toy drop site or volunteer in the campaign, call our local office at 575-347-1625 or visit the TfT website at toysfortots.org and navigate to “Find Your Local Toys For Tots Program” > State: New Mexico > County: Chaves.

Information on the Chaves County Toys for Tots will be updated frequently to keep you informed on the Chaves County Toys for Tots website. One can also make a monetary donation right on the website as well. These donations are automatically credited to the Chaves County campaign drive. We will be having a weekend toy and donation collections at several local retail outlets and boxes located throughout the county. These locations will be posted on the Toys For Tots Chaves County website for your convenience as well.

Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots volunteers can be recognized by a distinctive security badge with their picture on it. Only these persons are authorized to collect toys from the Toys For Tots collection boxes located throughout the county. Let it be known that Toys For Tots’ volunteers do not solicit donations over the phone or by calling house to house. We respect your privacy and do not wish to invade it.

Toys For Tots Registration:

New Mexico residents with children 6 months to 14 years of age who may otherwise not receive Christmas gifts are eligible to register their children for the Marine Toys For Tots gifting program. Parents or guardians registering their children for the Toys For Tots gifting program must need a valid U.S. Gov’t photo ID, children’s birth certificate(s) and proof of address dated within the last 30 days of registration. Proof of address can be a piece of mail with your name and address on it such as a water bill, electric bill, etc. If you’re a guardian, proof of guardianship must be furnished. Registration shall be done at various locations and the dates will be announced on the radio and the Roswell Daily Record itself in the “Around Town” feature on Sundays.

Registration enables Marine Toys For Tots to ensure that they will have enough toys to distribute to the different age groups wanting toys.

Please register now if your child needs a toy for Christmas.

Owners of E&CS Electric Inc., Jim & Karen Bloodhart and Altitude Electric are proud to dedicate this space for the 2016 Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots drive.

E & CS Electric Inc. is a full service electrical and controls contractor EE-98 #93588

E & CS Altitude Electric is also a full-service contractor serving Hondo Valley & Ruidoso Area
TJ (Sho) Sanders (575) 973-5496