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Centre County Toys for Tots

Its one of the best known holiday charity events in many communities, the Toys for Tots campaign.

But as Gary Sinderson reports, this year, due to the pandemic, Centre County is among the locations where the campaign is making changes.

Here in Centre County, the Toys for Tots campaign getting an early start. In fact its already underway. They’re also expanding the program here helping kids in a neighboring county

The familiar bins out in hundreds of locations. Usually at the end of the collection phase here wrap parties are held at the Penn Stater conference center,dozens of volunteers wrapping the toys. Not this year though there’s a limit on how many volunteers can participate and they’ll be gathering at an earlier date

“Were not going to be wrapping the toys,but we’ll still be sorting them and deciding where they’re going based on what we hear from food banks,so we still need volunteers”

As equally as important as collecting toys is financial donations to buy toys wholesale. The money collected one year usually held for the next year’s campaign. But this year with greater need,and a shorter schedule the cash on hand factor is crucial.

“The financial donations are badly needed,especially since wholesalers can get us toys in one or two days”

Centre County’s Toys for Tots campaign is branching out this year they’ll also be distributing toys for kids in need in Mifflin County last year Centre County’s Toys for Tots collecting and distributing more than 9 thousand toys for 18 thousand children.

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