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 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. 27).
“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 that are in need 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.”
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 this season of giving, we encourage everyone to consider the children of our community by bringing in a qualifying toy to the World of Little League Museum,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and World of Little League Executive Director. “We’re grateful once again to the Marine Corps Reserve for this program, and we’re proud to be taking part for the 10th consecutive year.”
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 Grace Lutheran Church; 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.
Checks and money orders made payable to Toys for Tots are given to one of the Toys for Tots helpers, who purchase gifts on behalf of the person donating the money. They are tax deductible.
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 Mr. Dougherty at email@example.com. The mailing address and telephone of the person requesting the toy also are required. The program enlists the aid of local social welfare agencies and churches to distribute toys.
Local business leaders play a key role by allowing Marines to locate collection receptacles in their stores; by providing free warehouse space during October, November and December for sorting and storing toys; by providing vehicles to collect toys from collection sites; by sponsoring toy raising events; and by helping Marines receive maximum media exposure for Toys for Tots.
Local Toys for Tots campaigns are conducted in 759 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
“The program works because of the hard work of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and thousands of volunteers from towns and cities across our nation,” said Mr. Dougherty.