Crunch time: Toys still needed

by | Dec 13, 2018 | Life & Style

Collin County Toys for Tots Chairperson Steve Deffibaugh has been hard at work with lots of ‘elves’ that have been gathering toys. The organization is in desperate need of toys for kids 11 years old and older. (Wyndi Veigel/The Princeton Herald)

As Christmas approaches, the Marine Corps League of Collin County has been hard at work to make the holidays brighter for less fortunate children through its Toys for Tots program.

This is the second year for Toys for Tots as a Collin County effort separate from Dallas County, Coordinator Steve Deffibaugh of Princeton reported. Last year, organizers expected to distribute 17,000 toys, but that number exploded to 31,000 toys that went to 12,000 children.

“It has been very successful,” Deffibaugh said.

Toys for Tots was founded nationally in 1947 and over the years has distributed more than 548 million toys to more than 251 million children. It is an annual project of the Marine Corps League.

Work in Collin County runs throughout the year with activities picking up in October as a push is made for donations and to register families needing assistance with Christmas gifts.

Families had until Sunday, Dec. 9 to register for the program, which was accomplished online at collinco-tx.toysfortots.org or through area nonprofit organizations. Cash donations are also accepted through the website.

Most toy donations are received by way of donation boxes set up at locations throughout the county, and at specific donation points.

“We’ve put out about 850 boxes,” Deffibaugh said. “We are about out of boxes.”

One of the biggest fundraising events is a motorcycle run, held Saturday, Dec. 1. A special toy drop-off event occurred Thursday, Dec. 6 at Allen Event Center.

The county coordinator noted that the organization provides local toys to local kids, pays no salaries to its workers and has minimum expenses. Nationally, 97 percent of donations to Toys for Tots go to help children.

Deffibaugh said that volunteers are always needed to help with sorting and distributing toys at the warehouse in Princeton, and he is especially looking for marines who can attend special events this month wearing their dress blues.

In order to volunteer, citizens can go to collinco-tx.toysfortots.org, click on support the program and then volunteer. To contact Deffibaugh directly, call 214-310-6602.

Toys for Tots drop off locations throughout Collin County are listed below.

Princeton

Lake Lavon Camp and Conference Center – 8050 CR 735, Tuesday through Saturday

City of Princeton – 123 W. Princeton Drive, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Dollar General – 408 E. Princeton Dr., 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week

VFW 9167 – 601 N. 4th Street, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Farmersville

Baez Tire Shop, 877 W. Audie Murphy Pkwy.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Lavon

Lavon Family Dental – 440 State Highway 78, Ste. 200, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

By Joe Reavis • Staff Writer • [email protected]

For more stories like this subscribe in print or online.

0 Comments

Related News

Homeowner goes on a gardening adventure

Homeowner goes on a gardening adventure

After a few years of growing the typical Texas flowers; pan­sies in the winter, impatiens in the summer in the normal front flowerbeds, homeowner Kori Hendrix realized she wanted more variety and more gardens at her Wylie home. There was ample opportuni­ty to make...

read more
Artisan, inventor fuse marriage, creativity

Artisan, inventor fuse marriage, creativity

Sue Darte blames her daugh­ter and a jewelry making class she took nine years ago for ig­niting a passion for the art of fusing glass. “A retail glass company had a Groupon coupon and I brought my daughter-in-law with me to make two pieces of jewelry,” Sue said. In...

read more
Make Mother’s Day bloom

Make Mother’s Day bloom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re fortunate enough to still have your mom or grandmother in your life why not plan a special trip to honor them this year? We all know flowers and lunch are nice but how about escaping town to visit a place where...

read more
Waste in the water

Waste in the water

Pictures of trash on beaches, a whale found with a belly full of garbage and turtles with plastic straws up their nose are no laugh­ing matter. They are all just a tiny snapshot of reality today. The impact of the world’s overuse of plastic is causing hav­oc on the...

read more
The Heard Museum brings nature, people together

The Heard Museum brings nature, people together

Just a short drive away, every day is Earth Day at the Heard Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern McKinney where 289 acres of flora and fauna are ded­icated to conservation, education and preservation efforts. In the 54 years since the Heard opened, this natural...

read more
Best of balloting now open

Best of balloting now open

Shop local. Eat local. Drink local. Now cast your ballot and Vote local. Voting for the annual Best of Wylie contest is now open and will continue through the end of the month. Whether you’ve lived in the Princeton area one year or 10 years, we know you’ve cultivated...

read more
Try a new way to travel

Try a new way to travel

Despite the COVID-19 pan­demic, families are still finding ways to make the most of un­usual schedules to plan a get­away. With more flexible work and school arrangements, many families are embracing the idea of a “flexcation,” an emerging travel trend where families...

read more
Food trucks cater to Princeton

Food trucks cater to Princeton

The area of Bridgefarmer Blvd and Hwy. 380 has turned into a hot dining spot the past couple years as food trucks have set up to offer a variety of culinary choices. Offered are Cajun, Japanese and Central American foods, and hamburgers, prepared in specially-equipped...

read more