The St. Mary Detachment has been actively organizing, fundraising, and distributing for the “Toys For Tots” program for 38 years. The Toys For Tots campaign kicks off in early October with a fundraising BBQ and Benefit Drive. Once the kickoff is held, volunteers begin distributing drop boxes across St. Mary Parish. New and unwrapped presents can be dropped in the boxes where the toys will be collected and given to children in our parish.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, The Marine Corps League Band will visit the Morgan City Auditorium for their annual Christmas concert starting promptly at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public; however, we ask that a new, unwrapped toy be donated at the door. Monetary donations will also be gladly accepted at this event.
To receive presents through this program, adults can sign up children at St. Mary Outreach on First Street in Morgan City; or for the western side of the parish, at the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce in Franklin near the courthouse. All children are entered into a special database that ensures privacy for the family and reduces risk of multiple filings on any child.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 a.m. to noon, adults can pick up toys at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4222 at 1504 Sandra St. in Morgan City. Adults must present their ID and their coded ticket for pickup. Also, no exchanges are allowed on pick-up day.
Drop boxes remain in their locations until the first of the New Year. Any additional collections will be used the following year. Last year, the St. Mary Detachment was able to purchase and give out 5,286 toys to 1,864 needy children in St. Mary Parish and lower St. Martin Parish.
Drop boxes are located throughout St. Mary Parish for convenience. Drop off a new and unwrapped toy at any location. Monetary donations can be mailed to Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 1383, Morgan City, LA, 70381.
Drop-box sites include:
Patterson — Dollar General, Fred’s, Patterson State Bank.
Bayou Vista — Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, Dollar General, Burke’s Outlet, Anytime Fitness, Teche Federal Bank, Whitney Bank, Bayou Vista Community Center, M C Bank and Trust, John Cart State Farm Agency.
Berwick — A.J. Dohmann, Patterson State Bank, Town of Berwick Town Hall.
Amelia — M C Bank and Trust, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Major Equipment & Remediation.
Morgan City — M C Bank and Trust branches on Brashear Avenue and Business 90, South Louisiana Community and Technical College-Young Memorial, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Whitney Bank, MidSouth Bank, Patterson State Bank, Teche Federal Bank, Regions Bank, Cannata’s Family Market, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Chamber of Commerce, City of Morgan City City Hall, Morgan City Police Department, Morgan City Health Care Center, Maison Jardin, Oceaneering International, Lirette Ford, Stage, Anytime Fitness, SpringLeaf Financial, Elite Graphics, Quality Cleaners, Gulfland Office Supplies, L&H Printing on Railroad Avenue.
Franklin — Franklin Healthcare, Dollar General, Wal-Mart, Family Dollar, Winn-Dixie, Franklin Supermarket.
Centerville — Centerville Market.