Toys 4 Tots now collecting new toys for Christmas

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Those residents who would like to feel like Santa Claus have the perfect opportunity to do so by donating toys to Lincoln children in need. The Toys for Tots collection campaign kicked off Oct. 18 and residents have until Dec. 18 to drop off new and unwrapped toys in one of many collection boxes in Lincoln, according to Toys for Tots coordinator Harry Maker. Maker said there are more than 100 collection boxes throughout Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville and Granite Bay. “We collected between 6,000 and 6,500 toys last year and we were surprised we did as well as we did,” Maker said. “This year, we will have even more children who need toys.” The Lion’s Club will distribute the toys, along with a food basket, according to Maker. “We don’t get too many opportunities to see the kids getting the toys, and when the Lion’s Club distributes it, the kids don’t see the toys,” Maker said. “The parents get to put the toys under the tree. We want them to think the toys came from Santa or their parents.” Frank Neves, assistant coordinator for the toy collection campaign, hopes that 7,000 to 8,000 toys are collected this year. “We look forward to the season. We’re very appreciative of the community’s involvement and that they’re supportive,” Neves said. As far as who receives the toys, Neves said the schools in Lincoln distribute applications that are given to the Lion’s Club. So why should residents donate toys? “Because they are contributing to the feeling of being part of the community,” Neves said. “For the young people, they feel they are valued as individuals, enough so that people will go out of their way to spend money and donate toys.” Toys for all ages are welcome, according to Maker, and toys for teenagers should not be forgotten. For more information, call Maker at 408-3797 or Neves at 408-7205.