With Christmas a short five weeks away, the thoughts of many children already stay busy thinking about all of the gifts Santa might leave for them under the tree.
However, with the nation’s economy still sluggish, the pile of packages might be small for many area families this year.
That’s where the Marine Corps League and The Salvation Army can help. The two organizations have joined forces for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign.
Their efforts bring much joy to many area children. Last year, more than 800 families applied for assistance. This year, about 200 families already have registered, and applications will be accepted through Nov. 27 at The Salvation Army office on East Fairchild Street.
Employees at area businesses already have started to pool their resources to make their money go further and help even more children than it would if they donated as individuals.
Toys will be collected through Dec. 17. Area businesses have collection barrels in place, or donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army office. Monetary donations also are welcome, and can be made online at http://danville-il.toysfortots.org or by check or money order (made out to Toys for Tots) sent to Pamela S. Taylor, P.O. Box 85, Oakwood, IL 61858.
Providing a merry Christmas for children has nothing to do with politics. We’ve allowed partisan political battles to corrode the ideas of generosity. This is about doing the right thing for our youngest neighbors to ensure they can enjoy Christmas morning.
“The need is great and we need all the help we can get,” said Pam Taylor, the Toys for Tots coordinator.
Those of us who can help, should help. Today.