Two big events for the Mountain Area Toys for Tots drive will be held tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.
The Queens Inn and Idle Hour Winery will hold a toy collection fund raiser at 6 p.m. Nov. 30, at the Queen's Inn Wine Bar, 41139 Highway 41. Admission is $10 per person or a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to enjoy fine wines. All toys and funds will be being donated to Toys for Tots. Details: (559) 683-4354.
The Marine Corps League will hold the annual Toy Roundup between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Old Mill Shopping Center parking lot near CVS Pharmacy. In addition, the Yosemite High School cheer and pep teams will hold a bake sale during that time with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, a new supporter this year, is offering two adult steam train tickets ($32 value) for anyone donating $50 or more at Saturday's Toy Roundup. The tickets will be honored through the 2013 season for any regularly scheduled day time excursion.
Katrina Borough, 17, a senior at Yosemite High School is volunteering to help the Griswold Mountain Detachment 1121 of the Marine Corps League for the second year. This year she is using the Toys for Tots drive experience for her senior project at YHS.
"I like helping the community this time of year," Borough said at the recent Toy Roundup at True Value Home Center.
"We gave Katrina more responsibility this year," said P. " She helped distribute collection boxes, posters and marketing material for the drive."
Borough and her mother, Karen, joined six members of the Griswold Detachment, who made a recent trip to Toys "R" Us in Clovis to pick-up for the drive.. Toys "R" Us provided the Mountain Area with a credit to purchase toys from donations made at the store over the past year specifically for Toys for Tots.
Sam Millar, a 16-year-old Coarsegold resident, is coordinating a toy drive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Oakhurst. He has placed collection boxes in the foyer of the church that will be there through Dec. 9. His volunteer work is part of an Eagle Scout project.
Perreira stressed the point that every toy donated or purchased in the Mountain Area, stays in the Mountain Area.
"Now and then a person donating a toy will ask where their toy is going," Perreira said. "We want everyone to know that every toy we collect stays here in Eastern Madera County for children of Eastern Madera County."
There are 90 Toys for Tots collection boxes spread throughout the Mountain Area at businessses, schools and churhes.
Mike Perreira, toy drive coordinator, said last year the drive distributed more than 4,000 toys to 1,400 children in need in Eastern Madera County.
"Times are tough for many families and we still need many more donations," Perreira. "I encourage the residents of our community to come out to the Queen's Inn Wine Bar Friday and to Saturday's Toy Roundup in the CVS parking lot and bring a toy."
Upcoming Toys for Tots events include:
The Oakhurst Elks Lodge No. 2724 will hold it's annual all-you-can-eat Crab Feed Dinner this Saturday to raise funds for the organization's annual children's Christmas party and for Toys for Tots. The $40 dinner tickets will be reduced to $35 per ticket (table of eight for $240) for each donation of a new, unwrapped toy.
Oakhurst Family Chiropractic will host a reception for Toys for Tots from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10 and will have a collection box in the office throughout the toy drive. The business is offering special discounts on services with donations of new toys. Details: (559) 642-2225.
Sullivan's TirePros, 40126 Highway 49, will be making a donatiuon to the toy drive for every tire sold through Dec. 14.
Details: Mike and Brenda Perreira, (559) 658-6311.