CENTREVILLE - The annual Sgt. Jason Mileo Detachment Marine Corps Toys for Tots program is getting under way in Queen Anne's County.
This year marks the local program's tenth anniversary and once again the town of Centreville has adopted Toys for Tots as its Christmas Parade theme for the second year. Anyone attending the parade is asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for donation. Toys can be passed onto floats or dropped off at the Marine Corps Toys for Tots location next to the grandstand.
Last year, more than 700 toys were collected and the campaign hopes to break that mark this year.
All new families, along with those that did not pick up toys last year, must register. Families will need a photo ID, birth certificates, or records from the hospital for each of their children. Toys for Tots will accept a letter on department letterhead, from charitable organizations such as St. Martin's Ministries, or the social services departments of Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot and Caroline counties. The letters must provide the names of the children and their dates of birth.
Those turning 18 years of age after Oct. 1 will be included in distribution, while those turning 18 before this date, will not.
Families who have a new child must sign up.
Those needing assistance for children other than their own must show court-ordered custody or a letter from social services.
The signup dates are 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the American Legion Jeff Davis Post 18 at 2619 Centreville Road in Centreville.
Families are asked not to contact the post with questions because it has no part in the Toys for Tots Campaign.
Toy distribution will take place at two locations on Dec. 16, 18, 19 and 20. Letters have gone out to over 600 families, providing their specific date and location for distribution. New sign-ups will be provided this information at the time of sign-up.
Those families who have moved since last year must contact Toys for Tots via email at email@example.com or drop by at the signup location.