Wednesday, January 9, 2013 —
More than 1,100 children in Stanly County benefitted from the 2012 U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign.
Tammy Sellers, local coordinator, said more than 3,500 toys were distributed.
“We hit our goal,” Sellers said.
“We hold registration so we can be sure we have enough toys for girls and boys in each age group. The need continues to grow, the number of children we helped came in higher. The ultimate goal is to put a smile on the faces of the children on Christmas morning.”
Sellers is in her second year as coordinator. She strives to have two major toys for every child plus stocking-stuffers.
“I keep that goal the same; it is basic. I don’t change it and it works,” she said, “but our success would not have happened without the help of our volunteers and community support.”
Toys for Tots showed its appreciation by handing out framed awards. Receiving awards were:
Churches: Shiloh Baptist New London, Command-er’s Award-Jennifer Bennett
Business: Certificate of Appreciation Awards -Dollar General, N.C. 49, Richfield; Dollar General, U.S. 52, Albemarle; Dairy Queen, Walgreens, God’s Country, Big Lots, BRS Inc., Edward Jones, Old School Mills Fresh House, Tailgators, Daily Grind Coffee House, Xpressit Shipping, Cheer Corps, The Pizza Stop, Richfield;
Schools: Richfield Elementary, Commander’s Award-Stephanie Drushel and the Student Council.
Volunteers: Commander’s Award - Joy Hatley, Badin; Commander’s Award-Capt. Mary Smith, Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.
Organizations: Command-er’s Award - Mark Shue-The Guardian Nomads Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Carey Sellers-Together Everyone Achieves More of NC (Team of NC).
“We try to make it easy for the volunteers. I want them to be happy to help and become core volunteers that we can count on each year,” she said.
Sellers appreciates the many area families that give toys to the program.
“We make it every year thanks to the generosity of area residents and a dedicated group of volunteers who help pick up and sort thousands of toys,” she said.