Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting toys until Dec. 11 in conjunction with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

The goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that someone cares. Through the gift of a new toy, these children are able to experience the magic of Christmas.

New, unwrapped toys may be placed in one of the Toys for Tots collection boxes located in various county government buildings, including the lobbies of the Morris County Courthouse and the Morris County Administration Building in Morristown; the Morris County Library on East Hanover Avenue in Whippany; and the Morris County Garage on Hanover Avenue in Hanover Township.

Only new and unwrapped toys can be accepted. While toys are requested for any age, there is a special need for toys for boys and girls in the 3 to 8-year-old age range.

Private companies that ask their employees to donate new toys during holiday parties or toy drives may also use the Sheriff’s Office in the Morris County Courthouse as a drop off location.

The toys will be delivered to the Toys for Tots warehouse where they will be marked for distribution to the less fortunate children in our local communities. The Marine Corps Toys for Tots coordinator will be working closely with local social welfare, community agencies and church groups to identify the children who would benefit most from receipt of the toys.

More information may be obtained by calling Sgt. Gerald Pennino in the Morris County Sheriff’s Office at 973-285-6805.