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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 can experience the joy of giving, as well as receiving this holiday season.

The Museum, located at 525 Montgomery Pike (U.S. 15), South Williamsport, Pa., and the 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.

Each visitor who brings a qualifying toy will receive one free admission that day to the museum as a thank you 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 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 every day 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. 28).

“This is another challenging year to ask the public, businesses, stores, churches, clubs and restaurants to support our Toys for Tots campaign,” said Bill Dougherty, Toys for Tots Coordinator for Lycoming County for the Williamsport Detachment Marine Corps League. “It is people like you, who help people like us make Christmas a bit brighter for many tots in families throughout Lycoming County. To you and the organizations that collect, sort and package the toys for distribution to these needy families, we give you a big ‘Thank you’ in advance.”

The drive helps make Christmas 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 museum. “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.

In addition to those donated at the World of Little League, children in the greater Lycoming County area benefit from Toys for Tots donations at other local collection centers. Donations collected at centers in Jersey Shore will be distributed through the New Love Center; 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,” said Mr. Dougherty.

According to its website, “the primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.”

The program offers toys for infants through children 12 years old, although in some communities that is extended to children who are 14- to 16-years old.

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.

Those wishing to request a toy for a child may do so online by contacting Dougherty at rosdoc@aol.com. The mailing address and telephone of the person requesting the toy are required.