By Christopher Thompson
Published: November 8th, 2017
The Toys for Tots program, put on every holiday season by local Marine Corp Reserve units, is on the Brooklyn College campus in room 1407 at William James Hall in until Dec. 15.
The non-profit organization sets out each fall with the mission of collecting new, unwrapped toys and distribute them to help less fortunate children within their communities. These efforts could not be made possible without the help of veterans such as the commandant of the Brooklyn chapter of Toys for Tots, Mark Johnson.
“Last year, the Brooklyn chapter, which is a branch of the 6th Communications Battalion at Floyd Bennett Field at Marine Park, was able to collect over 40,000 toys for the children of Brooklyn,” Johnson said about the success of the 2016 toy drive. Johnson continued to say that he has an ambitious goal of raising 100,000 toys for the 2017 holiday season.
Johnson and the 6th Communications Battalion distributed the 40,000 toys to multiple Brooklyn hospitals and orphanages last year. Children of various races and creeds at Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park, New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, and Mercy First Foster Care in Dyker Heights enjoyed the wonderful gift of a new toy when members of the Toys for Tots Marine Corp Reserve units visited during the 2016 holiday season.
There are many ways to help Johnson and the Brooklyn chapter of Toys for Tots reach their goal of 100,000 new unwrapped toys to donate to less fortunate children this holiday season. From now until Dec. 15 a toy drop box is available on campus in room 1407 William James Hall for anyone to donate a new, unwrapped toy. There are also events around Brooklyn that are open to the public. The entrance fee to any of these events is one new, unwrapped toy. You can find the location of these events on the Toys for Tots Brooklyn Facebook page (@TOYSFORTOTSBROOKLYN). If you are short on time and can’t make it to a local drop off point, monetary donations can be made directly on the Toys for Tots website at http://www.toysfortots.org/.