Toys For Tots ...

Pictured are Col Christian Ellinger USMC, owner of Crown City Cigars and Commandant of Marine Corps League-Coronado Detachment; Christina McCarty, Vacation Rental Manager for Ascent Property Management; and Maj George Wastila USMC Ret., Coronado VFW Post 2422 member.

Coronado businesses help community organizer Col Michael Wastila USMCR kick-off this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Your donations are needed now more than ever during this inauspicious period of COVID. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to any collection site from now until Friday, Dec. 18. Your thoughtfulness will help make a difference in the lives of San Diego County’s most needy children this Christmas season.

This year marks the 73rd year of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. It was originated in 1947 by a group of Reservists that collected and distributed toys to needy children of Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. The program has grown over the years to become the Marine Corps’ premier community action program and one of the nation’s flagship holiday charitable causes. Happy Holidays and Semper Fi!

Coronado Toy Collection Sites: Now through Dec. 18: Ascent Property Management (formerly Lee Mather Realty) - 944 Orange Avenue; Business Products Express - 1019 C Avenue; Crown City Cigars - 1136 Loma Avenue

Toy Drives: Coronado Men’s Golf Club December Past Presidents Memorial Tournament – Saturday, Dec. 5. Toy donations collected at tournament check-in; Marine Corps League annual Golf Cart Parade – Sunday, Dec. 6, parade starts at 3 p.m. and processes from Sunset Park to Speckles Park where toy donations will be collected; VFW Post 2422 - TBD; Rotary Club of Coronado – TBD .

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