Guam – The Salvation Army today received about 3000 toys for Guam children after weeks of collecting Christmas gifts for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots.
The toys were delivered by the Marines with the help of the Guam Veterans Motorcycle Club escorting the containre full of about 3000 toys. The motorcade began at NCTAMS and ended at the Salvation Army’s Tiyan Office.
Marine Corps Activity Guam Toys for Tots Coordinator Major Neal Fisher said being a part of this toy delivery is very exciting and that the toys collected this year will help send less fortunate children a message of hope this Christmas.
“We set a goal just for the Marines and the community to shoot for but the real winners here are the kids in Guam. Every toy in that truck will go to a needy child or teen in this island so we’re really excited about that. The people of Guam have been tremendous in coming out donating and just knowing that there’s a need,” said Fisher.
The Salvation Army then assist families in need and distribute the toys, ensuring every child has at least one toy for Christmas. As of today, Salvation Army is expecting about 2000 children to receive toys this year.
Captain Michael Lutcher from Salvation Army said, “These are the toys that were asking the community to bring in for families who are of low income and are really in need and they possibly don’t think they have the funds or resources to give toys to their children. Toys n Joy program is when businesses and community donate toys. They’ll bring in toys in here so we can give joy not only to the parents but for the kids so they have gifts opened on Christmas morning,” said Lutcher.
When asked about how the distribution process goes, Lutcher replies, “the families come in and they sign their children their specific age, sex of the child. What the parents do is they pick out the toys for their children. Our place here is set up like a huge toy shop that we have colunteers that escort parents around the workshop.”
The Marine Corps and the Salvation Army thanks the community and the many volunteers that helped in making this year’s gift distribution a success.
The first distribution day will be this Thursday from 10 AM to 4 PM. For more information, call the Salvation Army at 477-9872.