Is It Time For 'Toys For Tots' Already?

By: Karin Goodhue
By: Karin Goodhue

How exactly is WITN affiliated with the 'Toys For Tots' program? The answer might surprise you.

Can you believe that Christmas is less than three months away already? It’s almost time for Christmas trees, dinners, decorations, shopping, and gifts. It's also almost time for WITN to work hand-in-hand for the Toys for Tots Foundation of Eastern Carolina.

Toys For Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps. Many needy families are dependent on Toys For Tots every year. WITN is proud to help the Marines by serving as a collection agency in Eastern Carolina. We advertise the program and recognize large donations. In turn, thousands of new unwrapped gifts are brought to our studios in Greenville and Chocowinity every year. The USMC pick up the donations and distribute them to families in the area.

The Marine Corps are in charge of registering families, distributing toys, and providing boxes for smaller collection agencies. There are two USMC representative groups that distribute the toys around Eastern Carolina.

WITN does not register families, distribute toys, or issue drop boxes.

WITN will start receiving toys for the 2009 holiday season on Monday, November 23rd. The USMC retrieve the donations in mid-December. We will post a web page on with all drop-off information when it gets closer to mid November.

For more information on Toys For Tots 2009, visit or call David Bryant USMC at 252-619-0715.

This year, Toys For Tots will be brought to you by Ashley Furniture and Robinson's Law Firm.

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  • by Angie Thomas Location: Greene County on Nov 2, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    where do I pick up a box for our Church.
  • by chris Location: Indianapolis on Jan 20, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    Nathan: Most of the time, the issue with "turn aways" is that the sign up date has come and gone. Marine TFT Coordinators have to follow protocol. IN this situation, a deadline must be made in order to effectively distribute to all those who have signed up. Never the less, most coordinators would go above and beyond to help if indeed they can. Its not perfect, but on the whole, there is no finer outfit doing such massive numbers at Christmas as these guys! As to the new toy requirement, this is so for two reasons: 1. the Marines dont have the time to sort out the broken from the non-broken toys, 2. violations of lead paint laws form older toys now makes this mandatory as it is cost prohibitive to test each toy :).
  • by Elizabeth Ruffin Location: on Dec 17, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    I don't know if my application was accepted. i went to the sheppard Memorial Library and registered my son and 3 grandchildren. I did not have a phone at the time just a email address. Will some one please contact me so I will know what to do in order to get some toys for my children?
  • by David Bryant Location: Eastern North Carolina on Oct 16, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    In response to Nathan from Eastern North Carolina. First I would like to say that I am sorry that your sister-in-law’s children were not provided a toy two years ago. The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is an outstanding program and we try and support anyone who asks for our support. There is no set requirement for us providing toys for needy children other than a parent of that child asking us for the a toy. With that being said we do support other state agencies and organizations who do set requirements that must be met in order for them to support your needs. Your sister should of asked who the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots coordinator was for that county and she would have been given a number to call. Every effort would have been made by that coordinator to support his/her needs. If you or anyone would like more information please contact me at (252) 619-0715. Our website is
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Oct 10, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    "Toys for Tots" sounds like such a good program, but two years, my sister-in-law tried to register her kids when she was in a pretty bad situation, and was declined both times. She says they didn't say why, but if she got declined, I have to wonder what their criteria for acceptance is. We used to pick out a "girl toy" and a "boy toy" from the dollar store or clearance aisle and drop it off, but aside from money being tight lately, we can't in good conscience continue to do it if they're turning away families in need. Plus the toys have to be new, can't be previously enjoyed? Needy kids wouldn't care - we pass hand-me-downs from my sister-in-law's kids to my brother-in-law's kids and vice-versa; they love the toys just the same as new (more so as they don't have to open it). So who are the toys going to? It's a good idea, but I have seen that it does not work as the community is led to believe it does.

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