November 19, 2020
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In 1947, a US Marine Corp Forces Reserve, by the name of Major Bill Hendricks founded Toys for Tots and in 1948, the USMC adopted the program as their own. Last year alone, the Marine Toys for Tots Program was able to both collect and distribute 19 million toys to 73 million children in over 800 communities in the United States including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Each year the Hamilton Township Police Division oversees a local Toys for Tots Drive in town and this year is no different despite the current pandemic.
“The Toys for Tots Program has been in existence since 1947. As the Chief of Police, the Hamilton Township Police Division’s Toys for Tots Drive is one of the highlights of my year” said Chief James Stevens. “These toys truly make a difference in the lives of so many, from the joy they bring not only to the children who receive them, but also to their parents and loved ones. And for that, I am thankful to the United States Marines and the residents of Hamilton Township who help to make it all possible.” he continued.
Now through December 18th, toys for children ages 4-17 are being collected for the 2020 Toys for Tots Drive with the following official drop-off locations:
- Hamilton Township Police Headquarters
1270 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619
- Foley’s Family Market, 1080 White Horse Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08610
“It is my pleasure to officially open the 2020 Toys for Tots Drive alongside our exceptional Hamilton Township Police Division Officers,” stated Mayor Martin. “This year is unlike any before and I know the need for toys for the youth of our Township will be greater than ever before. I urge anyone who is able to donate to consider doing so this year.”
If you would like to participate, unwrapped toys can be brought to one of the official Toys for Tots collection box locations for further distribution. This year, the local Marine Corps. has put into place extra COVID-19 safety measures, including sanitizing and quarantining of all toys. If you have any questions regarding the Toys for Tots collection, please call Office Bob O’Hare at (609)581-4021.