Toys for Tots seeks applicants, donations 

Toys for Tots, a 75-year National charitable Program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides year-round joy, comfort, and hope to less fortunate children across the nation through the gift of a new toy or book. Currently, Toys for Tots is seeking donations and applicants to receive the gifts. 

To apply for Toys for Tots, visit the website at Applications will end Nov. 30.  

According to Kimberley Proctor, local campaign coordinator, the impact that the toys, books, and other gifts collected and distributed is extraordinary. The gifts that are collected by Marines and volunteers during the holiday season, and those that are distributed beyond Christmastime, offer disadvantaged children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.  

For over seven decades, the program has evolved and grown exponentially having delivered hope and the magic of Christmas to over 281 million children.  Last year the local Toys for Tots was able to serve nearly 600 children.   

Toy donations will be accepted through Dec. 7, and drop off boxes are located at Kim Dupree State Farm, PT Nutrition, Bayou Title, LOTS Physical Therapy, Courtesy Dodge of Ruston, New Living Word Ministries, and NALA Grace and Co. 

For more information visit or contact Proctor at

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.   

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