Copper Country Toys for Tots gears up for 22nd year of distribution

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is preparing nationwide for its 75th year of providing toys to children for the holidays.

Marine Core League Keweenaw Detachment #1016 handles all donations in Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Keweenaw counties.

This will be the detachment’s 22nd year of participation in the program.

Last year’s campaign distributed 3,412 toys, books and more to more than 1,227 local children.

“Last year the turnout was very good,” said Copper Country Toys for Tots coordinator Jim Mattson.

Mattson attributes this to increased community support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Local communities have really stepped up and supported the program, not just here but nationally,” Mattson continued. “I believe last year was an overall record for Toys for Tots, and realistically, it’s thanks to the support of the community.”

According to Mattson, it’s still too early to tell how this year will turn out.

“We don’t really prepare until Thanksgiving,” Mattson added. “We’re just getting out of the boxes right now; we do public service announcements to let people know we are there and we meet with some of our people to get them involved.

Donation spots include Walmart and Walgreens in Houghton, KC Bonkers Toys and Coffee in Hancock, and the Calumet Art Center.

The campaign runs until December 23.

For more information on how to donate, see the detachments page on the official Toys for Tots website.

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