Toys for Tots donations down in 2017

ESCANABA — The local Toys for Tots campaign for the 2017 holiday season has wrapped up. According to Marine Corps League Upper Peninsula Detachment 444 Senior Vice Commandant Mike King, who coordinates Toys for Tots in Delta and Menominee counties, this year’s campaign had mixed results.

In these counties, fewer donations were made to Toys for Tots in 2017 than were made the year before. While the number of people who requested donations was also down in the area, King said this was not enough to cancel out the effect of the decline in donations.

“We ended up getting short on toys,” he said. Toys for Tots provided toys to 1,657 children in the area during the holiday season, and they received 6,630 toys in 2017.

King said his goal for the 2018 holiday season is to get more donors and volunteers involved with Toys for Tots.

“It always boils down to that,” he said.

King thanked the businesses and organizations that supported the area’s Toys for Tots campaign in 2017.

“They were fantastic this year,” he said.

He also voiced his appreciation of the individuals in the area who donated toys and money to Toys for Tots during the 2017 holiday season.

“I don’t care how much you put in the cans — it helps out in the long run,” King said.