Toys 4 Tots Distribution
Toys for Tots is a program in St Marys County and all over the United States of America. It is lead and coordinated by the United States Marines. They begin by putting boxes around the county to collect gifts from people willing to donate to needy families. You can find them everywhere. In large stores like Wal*Mart and in small places like Sweet Frog. They put these boxes out in late October and it runs till December. When complete with store collection boxes, they collect the toys, then bring them to a local warehouse, and finally set up the toys. They set up the toy store and get many volunteers to help the needy people pick out toys for their families. I went on Dec. 14 and volunteered for the day. I first began by helping people get their toys to their cars. We would take their bags full of toys and load up their cars. After a while of doing that I went inside and helped people shop. We went around and helped the family pick out toys for their kids. We would give them ideas and help them make decisions. They would also get a large toy such as a bike or a skateboard. They also got some games and books. They would finally get stocking stuffers and wrapping paper. Everybody there was so kind and we all had smiles on our faces there wasn’t a single volunteer that looked sad or unhappy. Everybody contributed in all kinds of ways making families happy. I learned to be grateful for what I have. These people that I interacted with didn’t have what I have. So I learned to be appreciative of what my family does for me. I think many of the other Scouts who helped that day felt the same way. It was great we all got to make a difference for so many less fortunate people during the holidays. This seems to be what being a Messenger of Peace is all about.
by Nathan Davio former SPL Troop#793 MD