Ron White: Toys for Tots kicks off 2018 campaign
Toys for Tots is kicking off the 2018 campaign this week. The Marine Corps League of Lake Havasu
City and the Lake Havasu City Kiwanis would like to send out our thanks’ to all who have participated in the past. Last year alone we gave over 950 children in our community at least 8 toys each making their Christmas a brighter one.
I need to set the record straight on one thing. I continue to hear rumors that we distribute toys that are donated here in Lake Havasu to other communities, nothing could be farther from the truth. Every toy donated in Havasu stays in Lake Havasu, period.
Toys for Tots is run by the National Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation and has a fairly complex and substantial Standard Operating Procedures. Our local TFTs runs under the Foundation and its SOP.
Every year the National Foundation sends out questionnaires regarding the number of collection boxes required, point of sale materials, giveaways, posters and signs. They also, during the course of the campaign, ask if you require extra toys (gifts in kind from toy companies throughout the country). Last year we received 11,000 Shopkin collectibles and 10 pallets of toy cars from Chevron. They asked and we say yes but we can’t control the amount they send. We collect money locally and it is sent back to the foundation and then deposited into our local purchase card account. That money is used to buy toys for age groups we are short toys for.
Events scheduled for this year so far are: Toys for Tots Bowling Tournament at Havasu Lanes on November 17th, Toys for Tots night at Havasu 95 Speedway on November 27th and the Kiwanis Toys for Tots Golf Tournament on December 1.
We request that this year, as in the past, parents request toys for their children through the school nurses. The forms are sent to the nurses on November 1. If parents have no children in school they may go on-line to www.toysfortots.org/request toys/Arizona/SW Mohave. I receive the requests, process them and forward them to the Kiwanis who are in charge of distribution.
At year’s conclusion, I file a large report that accounts for toys collected/distributed as well as monies collected and spent.
LCO Toys for Tots, SW Mohave
Marine Corps League of Lake Havasu and the Lake Havasu City Kiwanis