The United States Sports Academy’s faculty and staff gathered with Marines from Spanish Fort and Toys for Tots regional coordinator Shinora Redmond on Friday, 10 December, as they retrieved the toy donations collected at the Academy.
Children from Spanish Fort Elementary School smile while gathered around their donations to the Academy’s Toys for Tots campaign.
Long considered the region’s largest collection center for the Toys for Tots program, the Academy teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Foundation to help underprivileged children in Mobile and Baldwin Counties enjoy a memorable Christmas for the 16th consecutive year. In spite of the struggling economy, contributions from local residents and businesses made this years collection the largest ever.
People can still drop off toys at the Academy, One Academy Drive in Daphne, throughout the holiday season. The Academy is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Toys donated between now and Christmas will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution.
The primary goal of the Toys for Tots program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Since the inception of Toys for Tots, more than 400 million toys have been distributed to more than 188 million needy children.