Toys for Tots seeking support from area

The 2013 Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign is fully under way. Volunteers have distributed more than 60 collection boxes throughout Fulton and Montgomery counties at various locations. At a time when many families are still without means, we ask that you please remember Toys for Tots as you are out and about shopping. If you can, pick up one extra toy and drop it into one of our familiar boxes.

Toys for Tots also is asking for your support in some additional toy and fundraising efforts. Along with the drop boxes, there will be several special events conducted in the area. Once again, some of our faithful sponsors are helping our campaign. The following businesses are offering coupon incentives with the donation of a toy: Steet Toyota, Ruby & Quiri, Castiglione Jewelers, Livingston’s Furniture, Subway and Unique Expressions. Please stop into their locations for further information. Also, the Amsterdam Marching Rams will be conducting their 15th annual “Light up the Sky” event during December with all toy donations going to Toys for Tots.

Again, we are conducting our “Buy a Choo Choo” campaign. For a monetary donation, you can purchase a Toys for Tots train cutout and have it displayed within the establishment with your name on it. The funds raised through this effort help to purchase additional toys as needed for area children. The locations where the Choo Choos are available are Palmer Pharmacy, Vintage Cafe and the Railside Cafe in Johnstown, Fuel & Food in Mayfield, Jackie’s Diner in Vail Mills, The Winners Circle in Fonda, the Pine Tree Rifle Club and the 5S Diner in Fort Plain.

On Dec. 2 during the Broadalbin Holiday Parade, we will set up in Pizza Supreme accepting toys.

For a complete list of toy drop locations, our supporters or any other information concerning this year’s campaign, please visit our website at

If your business or organization would like to sponsor a special event, or if you have any further questions about this year’s campaign, please contact me at 762-8699 or by email at


Toys for Tots coordinator