Do you want to brighten the Christmas season for a child or two in Michigan? If so, consider giving to the Michigan Toys for Tots program this holiday season. The program is designed to assist those in need so that they can enjoy the holiday season through the generous donations from the community where they reside.
Giving to Toys for Tots in Michigan
The Marine Toys for Tots collects unwrapped, new toys for needy children. They collect them during the last three months of the year to have them ready to distribute mainly in communities with Marine Corp Reserve Units or Marine Corp League Detachments for the holidays. If a community has a group that is authorized by the organization to run a Toys for Tots campaign, toys may be collected and distributed there as well.
If you live in Michigan, there are several opportunities for giving to Toys for Tots. To find the nearest toy donation center to your home, visit the Toys for Tots Search Page. Select Michigan from the drop-down list and then search by city or county. You'll get the name or names of the coordinators, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers.
Some of the areas of Michigan that have Toys for Tots locations include:
- Bad Axe
- Battle Creek
- Bay City
- Benton Harbor
- Big Rapids
- Crawford/Otsego counties
- Detroit/Harper Woods
- Grand Rapids
- Lenawee County
- Oden/Harbor Springs
- Roscommon County
- St. Johns
- Traverse City
If you can't find a location close to your home, consider donating money online. You can make it a recurring gift or just donate once. You can also donate in honor of someone special or in memory of a loved one.
In addition to donating to the cause, if you have a business, you can make it a Toys for Tots drop-off location. To explore this option, simply visit the information page at the Toys for Tots website. The first step in the process if to contact a local coordinator who will be able to help you with the process.
Don't forget to sign up a family if you feel that they're in need. This is one of the most important ways to make a difference in the life of a family in your community.
Michigan Specific Websites
Though you can go to the general Toys for Tots website to find the Michigan locations closest to you for donations, plus the contact information for coordinators when it comes to requesting toys or finding out how to make your business a drop-off center, some areas have their own sites. Michigan Toys for Tots' websites to check out include:
- Central Michigan Toys for Tots
- Bay County Toys for Tots
- Lakeshore Toys for Tots
- Marquette Toys for Tots
- Northwest Michigan Toys For Tots
- Detroit Toys for Tots
- Grayling Toys for Tots
- Lansing Toys for Tots
- Saginaw Toys for Tots
- St. Johns Toys for Tots
- Traverse City Toys for Tots
Make The Holidays Happy
If you live in Michigan and want to make sure the kids of your community have a Merry Christmas thanks to new, unwrapped toys, spread the word. Donate toys at the designated drop-off areas or simply donate money. Want to be more involved? Contact the closest coordinator to where you live or work and find out more about what you can do to help the Toys for Tots organization. Then watch as the children grow up and hopefully become upstanding citizens in the community, giving back when they get the chance.