NYLON – The region’s personnel on the front lines of crisis and disaster are carrying toys from big-hearted Marines for some of our most vulnerable citizens.
Every year, the Marine Corps Coordinating Council (MCCC) collects toys for first responders and county agencies to give to kids going through a rough time in the holidays, be that a house fire, a parent or guardian being arrested, or a domestic incident.
“We partner with some really generous toy companies,” said Jack Sparling with the MCCC. “Right now, we have Hess dropping off the 2017 Hess trucks that weren’t sold over Christmas. The main thrust for Toys for Tots is to have toys for kids for Christmas, but we’re happy to drop off toys after Christmas too.”
In total, MCCC delivered 35,000 toys to Sheriff’s Offices in their six-county region of service for kids in need. In Livingston County, Deputies on the roads and at the County Jail, EMS crews, the Office of Emergency Management and Department of Social Services received the toys to give to kids they consider in need of a little cheering up during the holiday season.
“It’s a really cool thing,” said Livingston County Deputy Mike Didas of the Community Policing Unit. “There are kids who lose everything in a house fire, or have very few possessions to begin with because they are in foster care. It is a great feeling to be able to brighten a child’s holidays, with something as simple as a toy.”
The marines who gather the toys also say that they’re happy to do the work.
“We’re here for the community,” said Sparling. “Wherever there is need, we want to help.”
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