Archive » November 30, 2007
County Toys for Tots program underway
By Irene Jones, Staff Writer
The goal is to make sure no child goes without a toy this holiday season.
This is the 60th year for the Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots, and the drive is now underway in Santa Barbara County, according to Kirk A. Martin, volunteer coordinator of the program for the past 12 years.
“We’ve placed boxes at all the county fire stations,” Martin explained. “We want to make sure everyone who wants to help has access to a drop area.”
The toys collected in the county are given to local children by the Marines, who pick up the donations on Dec. 20, just in time to wrap and label them for distribution to area youngsters.
Martin asked that all donations be new, unwrapped toys. Last year the group, co-sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions, with county offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, distributed over 9,000 toys locally.
“Toys for Tots is one of my passions,” Martin added. He is an account manager with Volt in Santa Barbara. Persons aware of children who could benefit from the Toys for Tots program should contact Martin at his office, (805) 560-8658.
In addition to the fire station drop boxes, the fourth annual Toys for Tots benefit in the Santa Ynez Valley will be held Dec. 8 at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom, featuring country star Terri Clark. Winner of CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominations, Clark is best known for a series of hits that include “I Wanna Do It All,” and “Girls Lie Too.” She also is known as an accomplished guitar player and songwriter.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from this year’s benefit will go to the Toys for Tots organization. Persons attending the event are asked to not bring toys or other gifts, but to donate funds to the charity instead.
Tickets are $25. Information is available at StarTicketsPlus, (800) 585-3737.