Toys for Tots make local deliveries

Melissa Holmes|@LissaCHolmes Staff Writer

GLEN ROSE - The Marine Corp League Comanche Peak Detachment 1297 Toys for Tots holiday toy drive ended with the delivery of this year's gifts to local charities.

Over the course of the toy drive, Toys for Tots collected over 5,200 toys for distribution to 11 charities throughout Somervell and Hood counties. The charities put in a request for approximately 4,900 toys from the organization this year. A total of 664 toys went to the Christmas Express programs at Glen Rose Elementary, Intermediate and Junior High, Glen Rose Baptist Church and Glen Rose Head Start.

On Monday Dec. 7, Toys for Tots volunteers made their rounds to these locations for deliveries. 

The delivery day started with the organization picking up a 16-ft truck supplied my MW Supply. Sandra Williams of MW Supply said the company was happy to be a part of the work that Toys for Tot did for the community.

Once the truck was loaded with the donations, Toys for Tots coordinator Jack Parsons, fellow Marine Zachary Cox and other volunteers began distributing the toys.

The biggest collection of toys went to Glen Rose Intermediate with a 197 being donated. Glen Rose Elementary School received 175 toys, with two cases alone being filled with MP3 players, and a total of 28 toys were collected for Glen Rose Junior High. Glen Rose Baptist Church received 68, while Glen Rose Head Start another 196 toys. The amount received by each charity was based on the number of toys requested.

Collection of the toys took place over a course of a month and community members were able to drop toys off at collection boxes located inside the various businesses around the two counties. This was the first year that Toys for Tots did collection boxes in Glen Rose. 

According to Parsons, Toys for Tots faced a unique situation with the charities in Glen Rose, because the toys were needed by these charities earlier than those of other charities. In order to fill these orders first, the league had to get toys from the main warehouse located in Dallas. The toys that were collected in town were then sent back to the warehouse as replacements. 

While collection efforts were solid, Parsons stated that this year's drive wasn't as successful as he would have like. Unfortunately, he said many thought that Toys for Tots was trying to replace certain charities, but that wasn't the case. Toys for Tots provides supplemental toys to these charities efforts. Parsons even personally reached out to some of the charities to let them know that Toys for Tots could supply them with the toys if necessary.

Now that people know that the organization is providing additional help to their favorite charities, Parsons hopes that next year people will be willing to donate even more.