Toys for Tots: Registration this week for those seeking assistance; organizers preparing to help some 3,000-plus local children this Christmas.

Toys for Tots: Registration this week for those seeking assistance; organizers preparing to help some 3,000-plus local children this Christmas.

More than 200 donation boxes have been distributed in the community and toy donations are now needed for the annual Greater Rome Toys for Tots program. (File photo from 2018)

 

We’re over seven weeks until Christmas but local Toys for Tots organizers are already busy gearing up for this year’s program. More than 200 collection boxes and donation jars have been distributed throughout the Rome-Floyd County, Polk and Chattooga for donations of new, unwrapped toys for children ages birth-12 years.

Registration for those needing assistance throught the program will be this Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Nov. 8 at the Wilder Center on East Second Street between First Methodist Church and Good Neighbors Ministries. Volunteers from the Exchange Club of Rome will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to help register people from the program. People are asked to bring a picture ID, or foreign ID, and proof of address for the person registering and the children. Click Facebook

“We are planning to help 3,000 plus local children this year,” says Linda Hatcher, local coordinator. “Last year, we helped right at 3,000 and we have picked up some other areas that need assistance like the Ruth and Naomi Homeless Women’s Shelter, so we are planning to do more than we did last year.”

For the entire month of November, local schools are participating in toy drives. Donations will be collected the first week of December and will be sorted by volunteers at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds Community Building, Dec. 2-11. Cash donations are also welcome online (be sure to list GA-ROME). Toy distribution to families will be Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairgrounds.

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