“Christmas has always been a special holiday for me,” said Toys For Tots fundraiser John Mark Vinson. “I couldn’t imagine what life would be like without some kind of Christmas.”
Linda Oiler, of the Trigg County Ambulance Service said that members of the service have conducted the drive for about “28-30” years. “It’s going well this year,” she said. “We started taking applications to give out toys on November 12 and will accept them through December 14. We have the give-away on December 22.”
Oiler said that demand for toys resembles last year’s needs. “The closer to the deadline, the more applications we will see.” She added that the ambulance service accepts both new and used toys- in operable and good condition. The campaign finds the greatest need for cash so that they may purchase a gift to fulfill the wishes of a specific child.
“There is no income qualification to get a toy,” said Oiler. “We ask that parents fill out an application with the mother and or father’s name, where they are employed and if they have been on the list before, though that makes no difference. Children can only get a bike every other year, and we do not give out video games, because that runs into high costs for one game. We give toys out on a need basis.”
Popular toys this year, according to Oiler are dolls- Bratz, Barbies and babies; along with Dora the Explorer toys for girls. She said that requests from boys include Transformers, Spider Man items, and the ever-popular trucks. Toys for Tots provides practical gifts, such as clothing, too.
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