Every year businesses and community organizations all across Atlanta partner with the U.S. Marine Corps for the Toys For Tots campaign. As a result, the metro area is among the largest Toys For Tots drives in the country, with more than 750,000 gifts distributed in 2011.
United Way and Publix Supermarkets are among those who assist with the massive collection and distribution effort. Through Dec. 22, drop off new unwrapped toys at any Publix in Greater Atlanta. And, United Way is providing a critical link for families to request help.
By logging on to 211 online.unitedwayatlanta.org or by dialing 2-1-1, families can be connected to authorized agencies in their community to request toys. Keep in mind no family should be asked for donations to receive toys. If this happens, please report the agency by dialing 2-1-1.
Bobby Price of ABC Elite Youth Foundation sees firsthand the need for Toys For Tots. "In this economy, it's tough. A lot of parents are having a tough time providing the necessities, let alone toys for Christmas,"he says."It's been awesome to work with Toys For Tots because quite often five days out from Christmas we don't have enough toys and because of this program [the toys] come, so this is a godsend for the community."
If you wish to volunteer with Toys For Tots, log on to atlantatoysfortots.com. Shifts are available now for sorting and distributing at the toy warehouse in Norcross. Donate toys for newborns through age 12. Gifts for ages 11-12 typically experience shortages, so please consider board games, basketballs, electronics, watches and more for this age group.