World of Little League® Is Collection Center for Toys for Tots
Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy with a value of at least $10 to the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store (LittleLeagueMuseum.org) in South Williamsport, Pa., can experience the joy of giving as well as receiving this holiday season.
Each visitor who brings a qualifying toy will receive one free admission that day to the museum as a gift for supporting the local Toys for Tots program. Additionally, on the day of the donation, donors purchasing at least $20 of merchandise from the World of Little League store will receive a 10 percent discount.
The museum and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program have joined forces to make the holidays brighter for everyone. The museum has participated in the program since 2006.
The collection box and coin canisters will be at World of Little League from now through Dec. 23. Tax deductible checks or money orders made payable to Toys for Tots are acceptable.
The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will be open as normally scheduled on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
“This is another challenging year to ask companies, stores, churches, clubs, restaurants, many organizations and the public to support the Toys for Tots campaign,” said Bill Dougherty, Toys for Tots Coordinator for Lycoming County for the Williamsport Detachment Marine Corps League. “All participants deserve a great big thank you in advance.”
The drive helps make the holidays a little brighter for many children in Lycoming County whose families are in need, Mr. Dougherty continued.
“This is a great opportunity for those who may not yet have visited the recently renovated museum to do so while helping others not as fortunate,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the World of Little League. “Plus, they will receive a discount for their holiday shopping in the museum’s store.”
Toys collected at the museum for Toys for Tots will be given to the American Rescue Workers and the Salvation Army for local distribution in Williamsport, South Williamsport, Loyalsock Township, Cogan Station, Trout Run and Linden.
Donations collected in Jersey Shore will be distributed through the Love Center and donations from Hughesville, Montoursville, Muncy and Picture Rocks will be distributed by the Veterans of Vietnam War Post 51.
The Montgomery Christmas Committee will distribute toys to Montgomery area children.
“All toys and monies collected locally stay local,” Mr. Dougherty emphasized.
Toys for Tots does not publish an appropriate list of toys to donate. Instead it suggests donors give what they would consider an appropriate gift for their own child or relative. Realistic looking weapons and gifts with food are not distributed, however.