Toys for Tots has collection spots in Wilton

’Tis the season for giving.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is collecting new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in area communities. “A shiny new toy delivers the message of hope to needy youngsters” is, in part, the organization’s motto.

Donations can be made at a number of locations in Wilton:

  • American Legion Post 86, 112 Old Ridgefield Road.

  • Bankwell, 47 Old Ridgefield Road.

  • Devan Chevrolet Buick, 190 Danbury Road.

  • Greens at Cannondale, 435 Danbury Road.

  • Hoffman Landscapes, 647 Danbury Road.

  • Middlebrook School, 131 School Road.

  • Nielsen Company, 40 Danbury Road.

  • Pinocchio’s Pizza, 1 Center Street.

  • Ring’s End, 129 Danbury Road.

  • Signal Administration, 64 Danbury Road.

  • Tooher-Ferraris Insurance, 43 Danbury Road.

  • TracyLocke, 131 Danbury Road.

  • Westy Self Storage, 65 Danbury Road.

  • Wilton Auto and Tire, 658 Danbury Road.

  • Wilton Fire Headquarters, 236 Danbury Road.

  • Wilton Fire Station 2, 707 Ridgefield Road.

  • Wilton Police Department, 240 Danbury Road.

  • Wilton Pizza, 202 Town Green.

Helping out with Toys for Tots collections are Bright Horizons Daycare, Our Lady of Fatima School, Wilton Karate, Wilton Girl Scouts, and Wilton Firefighters Local 2233.

In addition to toy collection, Westy Self Storage is also providing storage for Toys for Tots donations and is assisting with final delivery.

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 pilot program was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. Presently the program distributes an average of 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children.

“We are proud that we have been part of the Toys for Tots program for the past two decades,” said Shawn Thompson, assistant district director of Westy Self Storage in Wilton. “Every child deserves a special gift at Christmas.”