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.