This year’s Toys for Tots (TFT) season is just around the corner, but the work preparing for the 2011 season has already begun. Randy Dean Hughes is this year’s TFT local coordinator for Macon, Jackson, Swain counties in North Carolina and for Rabun, Habersham, White, Towns, Union, and Lumpkin counties in Georga.
The USMC Reserve Toys for Tots program is overseen by The Toys for Tots Foundation and as such the foundation checks, and double checks, all parts of the program. The foundation appoints local coordinators that are responsible for each area, each year.
It is the TFT coordinator’s job to collect new toys and distribute those toys to needy children at Christmas in the coordinator’s area of responsibility. This means that the donations collected in this area will be used for the children in this area. All the monetary donations collected under the Toys for Tots name and logo are sent to the TFT foundation. There, all donations are put in an account from which only the local coordinator can draw to use in their respective area.
But the local coordinator cannot do such an important job as putting a smile on a child’s face at Christmas time all by themselves. The program needs people like you.
Volunteers are always needed. Anyone wanting to help out with the collections of toys, or want to be a local TFT sponsor, have a toy drive, or maybe help in other ways, can go to the web site at www.Smokymt-toysfortots.org. On the web site is all the information needed to give, help, or receive toys as an organization, or as an individual. If you see an event that is not on the web site it may be unauthorized or an illegal event.
Remember, the mission can only be completed with the help of willing volunteers in our communities. The public is invited to join in this effort to make this year’s Toys for Tots drive a success. It is all about giving the message of hope on Christmas Day.