For more than a decade, HHSA employees at the North Inland Family Resource Center located in the North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido have been volunteering each holiday season with the San Diego Toys for Tots campaign.
Every year, families using County services and identified as being eligible have showed up to receive holiday gifts for their children through the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots. Many HHSA Family Resource Centers and Live Well Centers serve as distribution centers across the County.
Team members from the North Inland Family Resource Center not only distribute the gifts, they volunteer at the Toys for Tots San Diego Headquarters. They help coordinate the toy distribution by sending out notices to over 1,200 eligible families. Volunteers receive, categorize and bag the toys, and they helped distribute the donations in Escondido on Dec. 8.
Locally, Toys for Tots works with about 300 nonprofit organizations throughout San Diego County. They accept new, unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 12 years old during their annual drives and all donations raised in San Diego stay in San Diego.
According to Marine Staff Sgt Jeff W. Canty, San Diego County Toys for Tots coordinator, just over 54,000 children in San Diego County received toys, books and stocking stuffers in 2017.
Toys for Tots can always use more volunteers. Please contact your nearest HHSA Family Resource or Live Well Center to learn where you can donate your time.