Christmas is a few seasons away, but local leaders from Toys for Tots are always preparing to make kids smile in December.
The local branch of the organization is hosting “Gospel Concert in the Park,” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Roseboro Park, 100 E. Roseboro St., Roseboro. The purpose is to raise money and collect gifts for the Toys for Tots organization, a program operated by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Toys for Tots’ mission is to provide new toys to less fortunate children.
Along with singing, it will also feature spoken word, mime dancing and a lot of entertainment.
To help make the event a success, Coordinator Carmen Jones and volunteer Donna Monroe are looking for participants and vendors.
In addition to Sampson County, the local branch also help families and children from Bladen, Duplin and Wayne counties as well. Toys for Tots started in 1947 when the late Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marines Reservists distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children in Los Angeles. The idea was suggested by his wife, Diane Hendricks. Since then, more than 540 million toys have been donated to 251 million less fortunate children.
During the 2018 holiday season, Toys for Tots also promoted reading. According to officials more than 6,000 books were distributed during the holiday season through a partnership with Scholastic Books.
As always, the organization is looking for more volunteers to help collect toys and books in 2019. Assistance will also be needed with fundraisers before the holiday season.
For more information or to participate, contact Donna Monroe at 910-990-0967, Carmen Jones at 910-224-0082 or visit www.bit.ly/2yqJCke.