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Toys for Tots hits 5,000 mark
Volunteers sort the toys out so they can be found when families arrive. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
A joint effort between Fort Stewart and Liberty and Long counties resulted in more than 5,000 toys being given out to needy families in the area.
The big give away was Saturday at the corner of Highway 84 and Kacey Drive in Hinesville, and was organized through the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
“This year has been huge, we have given out more toys than we ever have and it has just been a great year,” Toys-for-Tots Committee member Michelle Amory said. “This was the first year that we have overseen the event ourselves and it really helped things run smoothly.”
According to coordinator Leah Poole, this year more than 2,000 kids received toys, with the effort resulting in more than 5,000 toys being distributed in the area.
Hank Stacy, who also was on the TFT Committee said, “People don’t realize, but there are some kids out there who won’t have a present to open on Christmas morning. I’m glad to help anyway that I can, because the bottom line is, that this is about the kids.”
Armory said planning the event started in September, with the end result being 50 drop-off points in the area, where people could donate a toy.
“The good thing about what we do, is that every toy or donation that is given to us, results in all of the toys being given to a child in either Long or Liberty county or at Fort Stewart,” said committee member Kelly Clary, who was in her fourth year working with the program.
Sponsors for this years event included Liberty Propane, Liberty Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, The Heritage Bank, Fort Stewart Army Community Services, U.S. Marine Corps, Walmart, the Walker family and Dennis Waters Jr.
According to Poole, if anyone or business is interested in helping with next year’s event they can contact the United Way at 368-4282 or go to

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