National Toys for Tots program available to Lincoln County residents

Published 4:00 pm Saturday, October 16, 2021

A nationally-recognized program that helps underserved children during each Christmas season is now in Lincoln County and wants residents to help “all children receive a little Christmas.”

The Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program has been in operation for 74 years, providing happiness and hope to less fortunate children, age newborn to 17. Toys, books and other gifts collected are distributed by Marines and volunteers to offer children recognition, confidence and a lifelong positive memory.

“We believe it is such experiences that help disadvantaged children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community,” said Local Area Coordinator Deonka Boozier-Mazie. The area office, located in Hazlehurst, serves Lincoln, Lawrence, Copiah, Simpson and Yazoo counties.

Throughout the months of October and November, the organization will collect donations at Game Stop in Brookhaven from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. Additional businesses can apply to become drop sites by visiting www.ToysforTots.org.

For those who wish to do so, monetary donations can be made through at www.hazlehurst-ms@toysfortots.org. Collected funds are used to purchase toys within the community where the donation was given.

Anyone who wishes to apply for their child to be included can also do so at the website.

For more information, visit www.ToysforTots.org.

Boozier-Mazie can be reached at 601-863-9763 or Hazlehurst.ms@toysfortots.org.