Thursday, December 11th, 2008

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office has been designated as a local toy collection site by the Marine Corps Reserve’s 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.

The Toys for Tots collection is underway and will run until Dec. 18.

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.

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building is also serving as a Toys for Tots drop off site.

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 ages 3 to 8.

Private companies that ask their employees to donate new toys during holiday parties or toy drives may also use the Sheriff’s Office 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 973-285-6605 or by visiting the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Web site,