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Loudoun Toys for Tots facing a tough Christmas season

The organization is asking for help to make sure every child has a merry Christmas.

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the many restrictions in place, this year’s “Marine Toys for Tots” program is facing one of its toughest challenges ever. The question: Will there be enough toys for every child in need in Loudoun? The organizers vow there will be.

In a typical year, thousands of generous people in Loudoun County purchase toys and take them to area fire stations. Those toys are then taken to a central warehouse where a team of hundreds of volunteers organizes them and makes sure they make it into the hands of a child by Christmas. But this isn’t a typical year.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, local firehouses are off limits to visitors. And volunteers can’t gather together in a warehouse. And toys that have been touched by multiple people can’t be given to little kids. So the organizers behind Loudoun’s “Toys for Tots” programs have come up with a new plan. Here is how it will work.

  • Families in need are signing up with one of four partner organizations.
  • Those partner organizations are organizing the list of children needing a present and their wish list.
  • Toys for Tots is soliciting monetary donations. They hope to raise enough to buy more than 25,000 toys for more than 8,000 Loudoun children.
  • The money raised will be used to purchase the toys directly from toy distributors and merchants.
  • The toys will be provided to the partner organizations, who will handle delivery to the families for their children.

This year, the four partner organizations are Help for Others, Mobile Hope, LINK and The Salvation Army.

If you would like to help local Marines and their annual Loudoun “Toys for Tots” toy drive, you can donate online here or find more information on the program and ways to help here.

The Burn is proud to be a sponsor of the 2020 “Marine Toys for Tots” program in Loudoun County.

 

8 Comments
  1. Broof 2 years ago
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    Loudoun voted to raise the cost of living which will help toys for tots achieve their goals more easily.

  2. Scott Gammans 2 years ago
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    My partner and I go to Target every December and load up on gifts. Toys for Tots is one of our favorite charities. I’m glad that they thought this through… I hit the Donate button as soon as I read this. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Paul R Gunther 2 years ago
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    Not only Loudoun County in VA, but all neighboring counties as well and throughout the country too.

    LCO Montgomery County MD

  4. Veronica Rivera 2 years ago
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    Yo nesecesito que alluden con un regalo para mis niñas para esta navidad notengo recursos para donar

  5. Paul R Gunther 2 years ago
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    Not only Loudoun County in VA, but all neighboring counties as well and throughout the country too.

    LCO Montgomery County MD

  6. elizabeth scott 2 years ago
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    Montgomery County is having a problem with ages 13-17, due to the Covid-19, so we are praying that some items come through but will be grateful for any gifts of any age.

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