Toys for Tots campaign underway in Lima


By Mackenzi Klemann - mklemann@limanews.com



Lima Mayor David Berger (left) and Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan (center) help kick off the annual Toys for Tots campaign Wednesday during the Lima Noon Optimists Club’s luncheon.

Lima Mayor David Berger (left) and Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan (center) help kick off the annual Toys for Tots campaign Wednesday during the Lima Noon Optimists Club’s luncheon.


LIMA — The Lima Noon Optimists Club on Wednesday kicked off its annual Toys for Tots campaign to help families in need celebrate the holidays.

Collection boxes will be posted in schools, car dealerships, public buildings and businesses throughout Allen County from Nov. 1 through Dec. 11. Donations should be new, unwrapped gifts for children, which will be distributed by the Lima Salvation Army in time for Christmas.

Last year, the Toys for Tots campaign provided food boxes and gifts to 707 families in Allen County, including 1,600 children younger than 12.

The annual toy drive was founded by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in partnership with community groups like the Optimists Club and Salvation Army to support families in crisis during the holidays: The single mother undergoing chemotherapy; the family who lost income while their children were quarantined, said Major Debbie Stacy of the Lima Salvation Army, who described families registered for Toys for Tots during Wednesday’s kickoff.

“Before reaching out to the Salvation Army, Christmas seemed impossible for this year,” Stacy said.

The Lima Salvation Army will hold its final sign-up day for Christmas assistance from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 614 E. Market St., Lima.

Families who need assistance should bring birth certificates for all children, photo identification for all adults, social security cards, proof of income for the past 30 days, proof of address and a list of bills and expenses for the month to qualify. Only families residing in Allen County are eligible.

Lima Mayor David Berger (left) and Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan (center) help kick off the annual Toys for Tots campaign Wednesday during the Lima Noon Optimists Club’s luncheon.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_CJO_5505-2-.jpgLima Mayor David Berger (left) and Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan (center) help kick off the annual Toys for Tots campaign Wednesday during the Lima Noon Optimists Club’s luncheon.

By Mackenzi Klemann

mklemann@limanews.com

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