Approximately 2,000 toys were distributed to Marion area families as a result of community participation through the Toys for Tots Program. Toys for Tots, locally facilitated by U.S. Marines out of Grissom Air Reserve Base, distributes toys to needy families in 7 counties, Grant County being the 2nd largest next to Howard County in regards to the number of families served.
Toys were dropped off at each of the Marion fire stations, and Marines visited local businesses and organizations. Sgt. Trevor Williams said many local companies and individuals made the program a success this past Christmas. He highlighted the efforts of one big contributor, Café Valley. “The bakery filled nearly seven boxes with toys, and donated a full pallet of 400 packaged cakes.” Sgt. Williams added individuals gave around $3,500 in cash donations at the Marion General Motors Metal Stamping Plant as a result of gate collections facilitated by the Marines.