Toys For Tots
Ed Toren of Columbia Falls made 216 wooden toys for Toys for Tots this year.
Toys for Tots
Toren's home is filled with toys he has built to give away as Christmas presents for this year's Toys for Tots program.
- Deadline is Dec. 17 for Toys for Tots collection
Donations of new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots annual Christmas gift distribution to area children may be made at dozens of stores and retail outlets throughout the Flathead Valley.
The drop-off deadline is Dec. 17.
Each year the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve gathers toys for less fortunate children.
In Flathead County, the charitable program has been especially important during the area’s extended economic downturn. Last year 2,300 children received gifts, coordinator Carey Dill said. In 2010 about 2,500 children received gifts.
Gifts will be distributed by Toys for Tots volunteers Dec. 21-23. The goal of the program is to allow needy children to experience the joy of Christmas, and to play an active role in the development of children.
Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Maj. Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles distributed about 5,000 toys to needy children. Over its life span, the program has given out more than 452 million toys.
For more information, call the Toys for Tots distribution center at 257-1333 or email email@example.com.
Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012 7:33 pm
Updated: 12:39 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.
Ed Toren says he’s a “slide under the table” kind of guy. He likes working behind the scenes to help those in need.
His wife, Lana, also shies away from the spotlight, though she’s just as diligent in her charitable giving.
Sunday, December 9, 2012 7:33 pm.
Updated: 12:39 pm.