Volunteers assist Toys for Tots in holiday drive

COLUMBIA CITY — Youth volunteers helped Whitley County Marine Corp Toys For Tots prepare their warehouse in preparation to gather toys for needy families in the area.On Saturday, some members of the Columbia City Eagles football team helped the Leatherneck Coffee Club Marines move tables and supplies from storage to their warehouse. On Sunday, National Honor Society students helped Toys For Tots get the warehouse ready for volunteers to come in and pack toys for families that have signed up for assistance. “Each of them came prepared to work and stayed until the job was done,” said Assistant Coordinator of Whitley County Toys For Tots Roxy Hagans.“We can be very proud of how our youth displayed themselves and worked hard while volunteering a few hours of their weekend for Whitley County Toys For Tots.”Toys for Tots has barrels throughout the county to collect toys which will be distributed to children at need.Donation locations can be found at:Columbia CityAdvanced AssemblyAmerican LegionDance ‘til You DropDollar General First Church of GodKrogerLake City Bank1st Source BankOak Grove UMCParkview Whitley HospitalPeabody Public LibraryGoody’sMarathon People’s Federal Savings BankThe Post & MailQuality InnReelCraftRichards RestaurantWhitley Co. Senior CenterSteel DynamicsUltra ElectronicsVFWWalgreensWalmartWarner ElectricYMCAChurubuscoC&A ToolChurubusco schoolsChurubusco LibraryDollar GeneralEgolf’s IGAFaith Lutheran ChurchFarmers & Merchants BankEast of ChicagoFort Financial Credit UnionChurubusco UMCStar Financial BankSouth WhitleyMidtown MarketDollar GeneralThose experiencing difficult times or know someone who is, and will need assistance this Christmas, sign up will be from now through Wednesday, Nov. 27, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To sign up for the program, visit the Salvation Army office located at the First Church of God, 1200 W. Depoy Dr. in Columbia City.Parents may sign up for their children birth to 16 years old.Applicants must bring photo identification, proof of Whitley County residence such as a utility bill and evidence of income.For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 248-1711.