Dollar Tree is collecting toys for children in military families. The program encourages shoppers to buy a toy to make a child’s smile brighter this Christmas.
“This is the fourth year Dollar Tree has collected for us,” said Cathy Bess, Family Readiness Group director with our local National Guard. “It has gone very well. This Dollar Tree serves more than 150 families.”
Donating is easy: Purchase a $1 toy at the store and place it in a box located at the front of the store.
Bess says do not let the small cost fool you in regard to the big impact an inexpensive toy can make.
“I know a $1 toy doesn’t sound like much,” said Bess. “To a child it doesn’t matter what the price is as long as they have something to open on Christmas morning. They will say ‘Oh, boy! Santa Claus brought me a gift.’”
The Family Readiness Group offers a support network for families and their soldier. If needed, it provides communication between families and their soldier during times of separation, a helping hand for families to deal with the stresses associated with military life, and financial assistance in the form of food baskets, monetary gifts, toys at Christmas, etc.
The Family Readiness Group is not government funded. It looks to the community for support.
“We appreciate all the support the community and Dollar Tree have shown us over the years,” said Bess.
More than one Dollar Tree is participating. However, toys purchased and donated in Warren County will be given to the children of military personnel here.
More information about the Family Readiness Group can be obtained by calling the Warren County National Guard Armory at 473-2565.