By JOYCE GRAHAM
Toys for Tots hopes to make an impact in the Tabor City area this Christmas season in a partnership involving the Tabor City Police Department, United States Marine Crop Reserves, and First Choice Food Pantry.
Toys For Tots boxes are being placed at businesses all over Tabor City, Police Chief Donald Dowless said. New, unwrapped toys for boys and girls, school age and younger, may be placed in the boxes to be distributed at Christmas.
Cash donations will also be accepted. See chief Dowless or Capt. Russell Conway at the Tabor City Police Department.
Vouchers for the Toys For Tots Christmas program may be picked up weekdays at the Tabor City Police Department and First Choice Food Pantry at Believers Home Fellowship, 13590 James B. White Highway. Parents or guardians must have a photo ID, birth certificate for each eligible child, and proof of address.
Gently used toys will also be accepted for a separate Christmas effort. See Chief Dowless at the police department to make those donations.
Food donations for needy and distressed families are also being taken at First Choice Pantry, a ministry of Believers Home Fellowship Church, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays when the pantry closes at noon.
Toys for Tots organizers will distribute toys in December, Dowless said, with recipients to be notified of the specific date. Those receiving toys must have a voucher, must NOT bring children with them to pick up the toys, and must not bring others not signed up for the program with them, Dowless said.