With just three weeks to go until the Greater Rome Toys for Tots distribution day on Dec. 15, more toys are still needed to provide Christmas gifts for some 3,000 local children in Floyd, Polk and Chattooga counties. Coordinator Linda Hatcher is busy working on donations which are needed by the Dec. 10 deadline.
“Things are going great, but we still need toys, especially for those for ages 0-2 and ages 10-12…always need toys for the youngest kids and older kids,” she says. “We are hoping to help 850 families that include 3,000 kids in Floyd, Polk and Chattooga. We also help other organizations including women’s outreach groups and local foster children.”
There are 350 donation boxes around the area at local retailers, banks and various businesses. Cash donations are also welcome online (be sure to list GA-ROME) or checks payable to Toys for Tots can be mailed to 40 Padgett Road, Cedartown, GA, 30125.
“The Rome-Floyd Fire Department will also be helping us over the next two weeks taking an old fire truck around town to ‘Fill the Truck’ for Toys for Tots,” says Hatcher.
Those families who need assistance from Toys for Tots can still sign up this week, Monday, Nov. 26-Friday, Nov. 30, at Good Neighbor Ministries on East Second Street in Rome from 9-11 a.m. each day. People are asked to bring a picture ID, or foreign ID, a Social Security update for the person registering and the children.
Volunteers will be needed for toy sorting and selection on Dec. 3-14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds Community Building. Those who want to help can just show up each day, no need to sign-up ahead of time.
Toy distribution to families will be Saturday, Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. The Rome High Junior ROTC will once again be helping with distribution.
Last year, the Greater Rome Toys for Tots provided Christmas gifts to 2,949 children from 971 families. Some 17,906 items were donated including toys, books and stocking stuffers.