At Your Service: Community Emergency Corps & Toys for Tots

During this upcoming holiday season Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will again be an official drop off point for donations for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps.

This year we will be partnering with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office to broaden the scope of our support for the national Toys for Tots campaign. This campaign has reached out and assisted needy and deserving children all around the Capital Region for over 45 years. Without this wonderful program, children in our communities would not have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays the way they deserve. In last year’s campaign the program reached their goal of collecting over 120,000 toys and distributing them to deserving children, making their holiday’s memorable ones.

Our program has grown incredibly in five years, through your donations, from about 40 toys our first year to well over 200 toys last season. We are hoping that by taking on the Sheriff’s Department as a partner, we will see a significant increase in donations with the additional exposure throughout Saratoga County. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all appreciated. Stuffed toys are the only exception.

We have already started to receive donations and will be accepting toys at our station at 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa until December 15. You can drop them off anytime, day or evening. If we are not at the building due to answering emergency calls, we hope you will return at another time with your contribution. As a reminder, toys collected in this area are re-distributed right back into this area to those in need.

For more information or if you have any questions feel free to contact Ray Otten, executive director of CEC, at 885-1478.

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