THOMASVILLE – Giving season began earlier this year as the National Toys for Tots initiative began its mission to give hope to families in Thomasville.
Since 1947, Toys for Tots has donated toys to families nationwide with more than 604 million toys distributed to date, according to Toysfortots.org.
Registration for toy drop-off points began on October 1 and Patrice Parson, coordinator of Thomasville Toys for Tots, is seeking more support from local businesses.
âThis year we’re actually going to get our feet on the ground to involve business,â she said. âThere are a lot of people I’ve met who don’t even know Toys for Tots. “
With more toy drop-off locations locally, Parson said there could be a bigger impact in the community.
âThis year our initiative is to make sure every child has a toy for Christmas and to bring the community together to make it a bigger program,â she said.
Last year, Toys for Tots donated toys to more than 300 families during COVID-19.
This year, Parson plans to nearly double that number by donating toys to more than 500 families in the Thomas County area.
âI hope this year we will do a lot more,â she said.
Registration for toy drop-off points ends December 10 and toy donations will be accepted until toy distribution on December 19 at the Outreach Center located at 500 West Washington St.
Although Toys for Tots is an annual initiative, Parson said this year is much more important for local families who depend on the program.
“COVID has taken everyone by storm. People need help and having Toys for Tots is like a relief,” she said. “Even if they are missing something, they can rest assured. that Toys for Tots can alleviate some of that. â
For more information on Toys for Tots, visit Thomasville-Georgia.Toysfortots.org.