Christmas gifts in jeopardy for thousands of kids
NAPLES - The Marine Corp. Toys for Tots program could have a lot less toys to give away during the Christmas season.
"Every year the Marine Corp Toys for Tots would send out a post card telling people when to put a toy out for the mailbox," said organizer Anthony Carlone.
The postal service says it can no longer afford the $25,000 price tag to send out 177,000 fliers to Collier Co. residents.
Those fliers would ask everyone to put a new toy at their mailboxes on December 8th, which would then be picked up my mail carriers.
The United States Postal Services has agreed to continue collecting the toys on that day - and even put boxes at locations throughout the county, but without the flyers, Toys for Tots is concerned.
"One of the problems we're going to run into I’m sure of it going to be a lack of toys."
On average, the group would collected 13,000 in toys a year and then distributes them at the old DeVoe car dealership lot on Airport-Pulling Rd. near the government center.
Carlone is now reaching out to local businesses - in hopes that they would help him get the word out about the December 8th toy drive.
"We have radio stations that have given us some airtime and with that airtime they'll be able to promote their business and also promote Toys for Tots drive."
Carlone says you can still drop off your toy at post offices throughout the county through December 8th
You can also contact Anthony Carlone at A/C Electrical Services at 239-597-1789.