County’s Christmas Caring Pairs Up with Toys for Tots
Due to the current economic climate, the Department of Aging & Human Services expects to see an increase in the number of families requesting to participate in the Annual Christmas Caring Gift program. The U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Program began collaborating with Christmas Caring in St. Mary’s County in 2010. The Division of Human Services works with the Department of Social Services to screen and establish a database of eligible families.
Even though Toys for Tots is a national program, all toys collected in St. Mary's County will remain in St. Mary's County. Residents are invited to help deserving families in need. Contact the Division of Human Services if you are interested in volunteering. The community is encouraged to sponsor a family or look for the Toys for Tots collection box at stores and establishments county-wide.
By sponsoring a family you will provide a specific gift for a child based on his or her request. Gifts may be toys, educational items or clothing. Toys collected at the Toys for Tots collection points will end up in the hands of a needy child on Christmas Day. Toys for Tots are for toys only; not clothing. Those wishing to sponsor a family may also choose to provide a monetary tax deductible donation.
Mike's Bikes is a program partner and will again be providing food baskets. If churches, businesses or schools are helping families’ specific to their organization, they are encouraged to contact the Division of Human Services to see if those families are already in the database, thus preventing a duplication of service. Call the Division of Human Services at 301-475-4200, ext. *1680 for more information.
Sign up to make a child’s wish come true by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1680; the Toys for Tots collection boxes are being distributed throughout the county now and collection sites at county government buildings typically appear by November 5. To view a video appeal from Shaquille O’Neal about Toys for Tots, log on to http://www.toysfortots.org.