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Oakhurst CHP Office Accepting Toys For Tots

Toys for Tots 2015OAKHURST — Local California Highway Patrol Office Kaci Lutz wants the community to know that the Oakhurst Area Office located at 40500 Redbud Drive, off of Highway 49, is now an official drop-off site for the Eastern Madera County Toys For Tots.  The box is prominently placed in the lobby, and all the toys donated to Madera County are distributed to Madera County children.

Lt. Jason Daugherty, Commander of the Oakhurst CHP Office, is committed to filling up all three boxes at the CHP Office as soon as possible. The street-seasoned law enforcement officer softens at the onset of the holiday season, saying, “the thought of Santa not finding someone breaks my heart.” While money may be tight, he and others in the office hope the community will remember to take a few dollars and contribute to area kids who will have something to open Christmas morning, thanks to Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots colorAccording to the Toys for Tots official website, all toys should remain unwrapped for donation. Gifts are accepted for children up to 16 years old. Realistic looking toy weapons and gifts with food, if donated, will not be distributed.

While purchasing items for smaller children is a pretty simple task, donors often wonder what to get pre-teens and teens. The Toys for Tots website recommends sporting equipment, toiletries, board games, books, hand-held electronics and similar items.

Begun in 1947 by Colonel William L. Hendricks, at the time a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, the Marine Toys for Tots program has collected and distributed toys to needy children for more than 60 years and has drop-off locations in communities large and small all over the nation.

Over 400 million toys have been distributed to more than 188 million less fortunate children since the program began. Toys for Tots was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Defense as an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1995.

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