No Toys for Tots in Jefferson County, Other Toy Drive Filling VoidPosted: Updated:
Just a couple months before the holidays, Jefferson County groups learned that Toys for Tots wouldn't be happening this year.
The people who normally run Toys for Tots in the area had to step down for personal reasons and a replacement couldn't be found.
"We decided we needed to do something," said Mary Mathewson, family center director at the Community Action Planning Council. "Just always want to make sure that kids are always going to have something under the tree."
That something is Christmas Crusade for Kids., a toy drive that's going into its 11th year. However, this holiday season it's being expanded to collect more toys.
The CAPC, Salvation Army, Watertown Urban Mission and Tunes 92.5FM are all part of it.
Just like Toys for Tots does, Christmas Crusade for Kids also has boxes spread out throughout Jefferson County where you can donate your presents.
Mathewson said Christmas Crusade for Kids will also provide presents for campaigns like CAPC's Holiday Angels Program, when a sponsor can't be found.
"Toys for Tots is a huge undertaking and we're only doing a small portion of it," said Mathewson. "We want to be able to give a child their wish and if we didn't have this program or we didn't have Toys for Tots in the past that may not have happened."
Tunes 92.5 will have a radiothon on Dec. 17 to help find more people to sponsor a child for the holidays.
If you'd like to sponsor a child, you can call Mathewson at the CAPC, 315- 782-4900 ext. 296.
To sign up someone in need you can call Mathewson or go to one of these locations.
Here's a list of sites with drop-off boxes you can put toys in:
- Multiple Watertown Savings Bank locations
- Community Bank - 126 Washington Street, Watertown
- Administrative Management - 205 W. Main Street, Sackets Harbor
- Carthage Area Hospital - 1001 West Street, Carthage
- Walmart Eye Center - U.S. Route 11, Evans Mills
- Reading Room - Salmon Run Mall. Watertown
- Waite Toyota - Route 11, Watertown
- Sears - Salmon Run Mall, Watertown
- The Beauty Bar - Paddock Arcade, Watertown