Higher demand and fewer givers impacting effort
Volunteers for an annual toy drive that’s lacking in donations but plentiful in sign-ups have registered more than 2,600 residents.
The Madera Toys for Tots, which is part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, expects the need for toys to continue to be great this year. Michelle Alexander, coordinator of Madera Toys for Tots, asks the community to get involved by volunteering to sign up people, and giving or collecting donations of cash or new and unwrapped toys.
She and six volunteers were outside of Madera’s Walmart Store on Saturday doing all that. About 30 volunteers have done so for the last three weeks and plan to continue until Dec. 8. They’re outside there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Parents may only sign up their own children to receive a toy and must show proof of Madera County residency.
“That’s because we want to make sure that our toys stay here locally,” said Alexander...