Granville Fire and Police partnering up with Marines for Toys for Tots

GRANVILLE – The Granville Fire and Police Departments will be hosting their Toys for Tots Drive this Sunday from Noon until 4 p.m. at the Granville Village School.

The Granville Police and Fire Departments are seen posing with a U.S. Marine at last year’s Toys for Tots drive. (Photo courtesy of Granville Fire Department)

Called “Stuff a Truck”, the departments have partnered up with the U.S. Marines to collect toys. Toys for Tots is a nationwide program run by the Marine Corps Reserve who assist in distributing toys to kids with families who can’t afford them. It was founded in 1947 by Marine Reserve Bill Hendricks.

One or two Marines will be at the event and they will help the fire and police put the toys onto their truck. Following that, the Marines will drive the toy-filled truck to their local area coordinator who will do the distribution of the toys. The toys are sorted out and placed with children who are at the appropriate age. Toys are given to children up to 12-years-old.

Granville Fire and Police officials enjoyed partnering with the Marines last year and look forward to it this time around.

“It’s a great partnership, they support us,” said Tim Rickis, who is the Public Relations coordinator for the Granville Fire Department. “They make it as easy as they possibly could.”

If anyone is interested in donating their unwrapped toys, they can bring it to the “Stuck a Truck” toy drive.

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