Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will again be an official drop off point for Toys for Tots, a program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. The campaign has assisted needy children all around the Capital Region for over 45 years.
As last year we will make use of the Ballston Spa Holiday Parade as a point of collection. The parade will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with Community Emergency Corps, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Ballston Spa Rotary, and the U.S. Marine Corps. We are also hoping to have Safyre Terry, the Toys for Tots ambassador, amongst those in the parade.
Volunteers from these organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting. Ray Otten, CEC Director, said “even just one toy from each family would be tremendously helpful.”
The program needs have grown substantially over the years and organizers are hoping by adding the parade event, they will see a significant increase in donations. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all accepted. Stuffed toys are the only exception.
Toy donations can also be delivered to the Community Emergency Corps station, 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, NY until December 15, days or evenings. Toys collected in this area are redistributed right back into the same area to families in need.
The Ballston Spa Holiday Parade takes place December 2 at 6:30 p.m. For information about the Toys for Tots campaign, contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at (518)885-1478.