Toys for Tots seeks donations
For the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Toys for Tots, a 72-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides hope for disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season.
For the past four years, the Toys for Tots program in South Wood County has been a combined effort of the Grand Rapids Lions Club and the South Wood Emerging Pantry Shelf (SWEPS). In 2018, 1,000 children were served through these efforts.
Children need to be referred to the program. The referral can be through school, church, Wood County Human Services, organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, or parents.
Children in need can be defined: as families having insufficient income, experiencing out of home placements such as placement in foster homes, having a deployed parent, or other reasons that creates a child in need.
|Toy donations may be made at the following locations: Ace Hardware, American Family Insurance , Awards N’More, BMO Harris Bank, Bull’s Eye Credit Union, Cellcom, Cricket, Culvers, Dollar General, Edward Jones, Bob Ebben, Jazzercise Center, Johnson & Sons Jeep, Kerry Ingredients, Kwik Trip, Legacy Accounting & Financial Services, Mariani Food Packaging, Maurices, Mead School, Mid State Auto, Mid State tech College, Mid state Tech/ Skills USA, Mid-State International Trucks of Wisconsin, 5th Street Hair Salon, Nails By Sara, Parkwood Eye Care, Pine Ridge Assisted Living, Port Edwards State Bank, River Cities Bank, Rocky Rocco’s, Ron’s Refrigeration, Sherwin Williams, Shopko, Sleep Inn Suites & Hotel , Tri City Refrigeration, United Methodist Church, U S Post Office, UPS Store, US Bank, Valley Communities Credit Union, Walmart, Walgreens, WE Energies, Wheeler Chevrolet, White Tail Crossing, WOW Logistics, WRPS Central Office, and other locals businesses.|
To refer a child in need, contact SWEPS at 715-422-2050 to begin the referral process.
Toys will be distributed on Dec. 14. Information regarding toy pickup will be sent to each family the week prior to distribution.