By Peter Becker
US Marine veterans in Pike County are on a mission, to brighten the holidays of disadvantaged youth in the area.
"Toys for Kids" is a program collecting both toys and clothing for children, ages 6 to to age 18. The Gung-Ho Detachment #909 of the US Marine Corps League is hosting the collection this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9.
Donation of items may be dropped off at their collection boxes at Wal-Mart and K-Mart in Westfall Township. The veterans will man their posts at these locations between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Commandant Jim Slevin made the announcement at the Pike County Commissioners meeting Dec. 5.
Financial contributions are welcome; the veterans use the money for gift cards to give to the needy families. Checks should be made out to "Marine Corps 909" and sent to Pike County Administration, 506 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337.
The County Human Services department identifies families in need. Gifts are distributed to foster children as well. the first distribution is planned Dec. 13th.
Dec. 4th, there was a special dinner at Mount Haven restaurant for needy families. Slevin said that the Detachment distributed toys there. He spoke highly of the Mount haven owners, who honored these kids. "It was a special moment, Slevin added.
Toys for Kids, he said, is separate from Toys for Tots, which is meant for small children, younger than 6.
Last year they served 125 families, including 300 children. They also collected last weekend
Commandant Slevin commented, with the slow economy, contributions are also slow, but the need is so great. "It's very frustrating," he observed "These with the least give the most."
Marine vets collecting toys, clothes for needy kids
By Peter Becker