BALLSTON SPA – Community Emergency Corps will again be an official drop off point for Toys for Tots, a program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. The campaign has assisted needy children all around the Capital Region for over 45 years.
As it did last year, Community Emergency Corps will make use of the Ballston Spa Holiday Parade to collect donations. The parade, which will be held Friday, Dec. 2, will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with Community Emergency Corps, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Ballston Spa Rotary, and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Volunteers from these organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting.
“Even just one toy from each family would be tremendously helpful,” said Ray Otten, Community Emergency Corps director.
The program needs have grown substantially over the years and organizers are hoping the addition of the parade event will translate to a significant increase in donations. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all accepted. Stuffed toys are the only exception.
Toy donations can also be delivered to the Community Emergency Corps station, 78 Thompson St., until Thursday, Dec. 15, days or evenings. Toys collected in this area are redistributed right back into the same area to families in need.
The Ballston Spa Holiday Parade steps off at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. For information about the Toys for Tots campaign, contact Otten at (518)885-1478.