Release Date: December 14,2017

Toys For Tots

Toys for Tots Wraps up this Week

Businesses in Downtown Wilmington are filled with festive gifts and cheerful holiday music for the holiday season. While this helps many adults get in the holiday spirit; for the kids, it’s all about the toys.

The anticipation of the holidays is palpable for kids almost everywhere: in the classroom, at the park, on television commercials, and among friends. Children talk about what they’re doing for the holidays, what mischief the Elf on the Shelf got up to, and what’s on their wish lists. But for many families, fulfilling those wishes may mean forgoing food or heat. Parents who are out of work or just down on their luck may not be able to afford to buy any gifts.

Last year, thanks to the Toys for Tots campaign led by the Marine Corps League in Wilmington, 20,565 toys, books, bikes, and stocking stuffers were distributed to nearly 4,000 New Hanover County children. No doubt, these gifts brought joyful smiles to children’s faces and much-needed relief to parents.

Collection boxes available in numerous locations

2017 is the 22nd year for the Toys for Tots program in the Greater Wilmington area and over 300 collection boxes were distributed across New Hanover County. In Downtown Wilmington, there are at least eight collection sites available (see list below) and collections will be wrapping up this Friday, December 15th. This will provide volunteers time to distribute the toys before the big day!

Previous campaign coordinator, Al Gumbs, said in a Star News article: “The success of the Toys for Tots Program is only possible because of the tremendous support of the people of Wilmington.” He added, “The many hours of the Marines and other volunteers and the generosity of our citizens exemplifies what can be achieved when we strive together as a community.”

Make a difference locally

Community spirit is what makes the holidays truly memorable. So, instead of talking about what you are getting, encourage friends and family to make giving a priority. Inspire others to help filling the collection boxes with new, unwrapped toys this week. If you have children, talk to them about helping others in need and let them help buy a toy to donate. Or, nurture your inner-kid and shop for the toys you longed for as a youngster. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of local children. Buying a toy only costs you a few dollars; putting a smile on a child’s face is priceless!

Downtown collection sites:

Nsalo Salon

212 North Front St.
M-F 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sa 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

225 S Water St.
Tu-Sa 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Su-M noon - 5:00 p.m.

Port City Dispensary
Monday through Friday 9a.m. – 5:00 p.m. box will be in lobby with 24/7 access in the Murchison Building
201 North Front Street Suite 903

Candles Etc
25 Market St.
Su-F 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sa 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Century 21 Sweyer and Associates
21-B Market St.
M-Sa 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hell’s Kitchen
118 Princess St.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.             

Wilmington Railroad Museum
505 Nutt St. #6
M-Sa 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Su 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wilmington Downtown Inc.
221 N. Front St.
M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.