Claremore Daily Progress

December 18, 2012

Toys for Tots: Local group provides more for less fortunate

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — The Toys for Tots organization of Rogers and Mayes Counties completed another successful toy distribution Sunday at the Claremore VFW.

Throughout the weekend Marine Corps Veterans, JROTC members and other volunteers checked off shopping lists and filled shopping bags for parents of less fortunate children.
Families had to provide documentation proving they receive some type of government assistance. The tables of toys were organized by age groups and seperated by boy and girl. 
“Everyone gets one stocking stuffer, three toys, a game, a book and craft,” said Coordinator Dale Marsh.
Marsh was named coordinator of Toys for Tots three years ago after working with the campaign for two years. 
A year ago, the organization distributed 9,000 toys to 1,300 children. This year, 9,780 toys were supplied to more than 1,600 children. 
Along with the gifts ready for bagging, additional toys were stored in back of the venue to be used as needed. Charlie McCaskey, owner of Route 66 Sports Bar helped bring in items by providing a toy run directed to Toys for Tots.
“We have more toys than we’ve ever had before,” said Marsh. “One family alone brought in over 1,000 items during Saturday’s distribution.”
Leftovers from Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s distribution went to Broken Arrow’s Toys for Tots to serve the five surrounding counties.