Ooh-rah! The local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign is under way.
This year marks the 65th year for Toys for Tots and the sixth year of the Walla Walla campaign.
Last year donations were distributed to 1,196 local children up to age 18 from Dayton to College Place, according to local campaign coordinator Beth Swanson.
Once again Toys for Tots is working with St. Vincent de Paul, Walla Walla Public Schools, the YWCA, the medical centers and other nonprofits to ensure that every child in the Valley receives a little Christmas.
Following is a list of sites where new, unwrapped gifts may be dropped off:
Walla Walla and College Place:
Book & Game — 38 E. Main St. (also offering a 20 percent discount on items bought for Toys for Tots donations)
Community Bank — 28 E. Alder St.
Community Bank — Myra Road
Providence St. Mary — 401 W. Poplar Ave.
Walla Walla Sweets — 109 E. Main St.
Inland Cellular — 1605 SE Meadowbrook Blvd.
AAA Washington — 1361 Dalles-Military Road
NAPA — 1830 Isaacs Ave,
O’Brien Chevrolet — Dalles Military Road
Walla Walla Bread Co. — 225 E. Main St.
Falkenbergs Jewelers — 6 E. Main St.
Legacy of Walla Walla — 11 N. Colville St.
John L. Scott Realty — 10 S. 4th Ave.
Parent to Parent — Kelly Place, Dalles-Military Road
Sweet Putt — 417 Wellington Ave. (also offering half-off unlimited indoor golf with a Toys for Tots donation)
Adventist Health Medical Group Pediatrics — 1125 S. 2nd Ave.
Windermere Real Estate — 202 1st Ave.
Walgreens — 633 W. Tietan St.
Starbucks — 1st Avenue and Main Street
Waitsburg Hardware & Mercantile — 134 Main St.
Inland Cellular – 151 E. Main St.
Country Cupboard – 330 Main St.
Toys for Tots volunteers and local Marines will collect donations Dec. 1 at First and Main in downtown Walla Walla from 11a.m. to 1pm. That evening the NAPA Toys for Tots float will be in the Parade of Lights.
To request toys, families may pick up an application at St. Vincent de Paul, 308 W. Main St., from 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 12-23; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St. from Dec. 3– 12; and in Dayton at Country Cupboard, 330 E. Main St., from Nov 19-30.
Please apply at only one location; there can be no duplication of applications.
For more information visit www.walla-walla-wa.toysfortots.org or contact Swanson at 509-301-7471 or firstname.lastname@example.org