“This box has filled up five times,” said Toys for Tots volunteer Donnie Green, who manned the box at Coosa Valley Medical Center. “For this being our first year in this area, I would say it has been very, very successful.”
Coordinator Dave Grise said donations started slow this year, but are beginning to pick up this week.
“There are more than 770 Toys for Tots campaigns across the country,” he said. “Giving has been down 20 percent across the country compared to last year, and it has been really slow for us until the last five days. Now it seems like people are getting in the mood to give, and it’s a good thing to see.”
Grise said the application process to receive toys from the program is stringent. Those in Sylacauga who were approved will receive toys Friday at the J. Craig Smith Community Center. When they apply, parents or guardians are asked to list three major toys the child wants, and Toys for Tots tries to provide at least one of those major wants, as well as at least three other items, Grise said.
“I think this could be a big program here, especially if people know where their donations are going and that they’re being kept safe,” Green said. “Hopefully it will be more successful next year.”
Donations will be collected at CVMC, Walmart and Walgreens through Dec. 19.
For more information, contact Grise at 256-590-5928 or at firstname.lastname@example.org