The Wilton Firefighters Local 2233 is again a collection point for the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive, as reported last week, but three Wilton businesses are collection sites, as well.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys may be taken to Fire Station 1 at 236 Danbury Road or Fire Station 2 at 707 Ridgefield Road until Dec. 21.
Other collection sites in town are Ring’s End at 129 Danbury Road, Devan Chevrolet Buick of Wilton at 190 Danbury Road and Wetsy Self Storage at 65 Danbury Road.
Ring’s End will be collecting toys until Dec. 16 during store hours, 7 to 5 Monday through Saturday.
Devan Chevrolet Buick will collect toy donations up until just before Christmas. Hours are 9 to 7 Monday through Thursday, 9 to 6 Friday and 9 to 5 Saturday.
Through Dec. 18, as reported last week, Westy is open for toy donations drop 8 to 6. weekdays, 9 to 6 Saturdays and 11 to 4 Sundays. Westy will provide storage for the donations and make final deliveries.
“We are honored to again participate in the Toys for Tots program,” said Shawn Thompson, assistant district director of Westy Self Storage, Wilton. “We welcome the opportunity to assist our community and help where we can.”
The toys are distributed to children of families in need in town and area communities.
The Toys for Tots drive is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Toys for Tots began in 1947 when the wife of Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR handcrafted a Raggedy Ann doll and asked her husband to deliver the doll to an organization which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When they realized that no such organization existed, they decided to start one. That Christmas a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. That initial program was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign and since then has distributed over 370 million toys to more than 173 million children.