Nevada County’s annual Toys for Tots drive coordinated through the Marine Corp League Gold Country Detachment number eight eighty five served more families than ever this year. Coordinator Dave Voors says they worked with a number of community partners and agencies to provide toys to over a thousand families and over two thousand children.
“We 1,014 families this year between Nevada County and Auburn, with 2,014 kids and each child got about three toys.”
Voors says that works out to six thousand forty two toys distributed. He says in addition to the over four thousand toys donated, the organization spent just under ten thousand dollars purchasing additional toys including sixty bicycles which, Voors says, is a big deal for some.
“Luckily we had a few extra bikes. One story comes to mind, in particular, where the mother was there picking up her toys and just out of the blue asked, ‘I have a six year old boy, is there any chance that I can get a bike?’ and we did have a couple of extras that weren’t claimed already, so we were able to grant that wish. So it is pretty special when they throw their arms around you and are crying and thanking you for a Christmas that there is no way they could have provided otherwise.”
Each year the Marine Corp League partners with The Salvation Army, law enforcement and other community agencies to insure the greatest number of families are served.