Gary Green of the American Legion and Richard Wilson of the MCL Detachment 1280 with Mr. Green presenting a $500 donation from the American Legion for use in the Toys For Tots program. The Detachment is always very appreciative of such donations of money or toys that go to help needy children in the county to have a better Christmas.
Submitted by William Pless
The North Georgia Mountains Detachment 1280 of the Marine Corps League (MCL) is presently in the midst of their 2013 Christmas Toys For
campaign to provide toys to needy children, ages from infancy to 12 years. The Pickens County distribution center is located at 95 Whitfield Drive, an office suite behind Advance Auto Parts near the Bargain Barn on the west side of Hwy. 515 just south of the Hwy. 515/Hwy. 53 intersection. The center will be open on from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday of each week up until Dec. 24.
If you are a parent with children up to 12 years of age and are unable to purchase Christmas toys for them due to financial or employment difficulties and you are a resident of Pickens County, you are eligible to receive toys free of charge.
Here is what you need to do:
1. Go to the Jasper Police Department or the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office with a picture identification card and ask for a Toys For Tots application.
2. Fill out the form, being sure to give your name, address and phone number where you can easily be reached, and the names of each of your eligible children, their ages and whether each is boy or girl. Leave the form with the attendant at the office.
3. Within a day or so, a member of the MCL will call you when your toys are ready for pick-up.
4. Proceed to the distribution center on Whitfield Drive and pick up your Christmas toys when notified.
A similar arrangement exists in Ellijay for residents of Gilmer and Fannin counties where instructions have been posted in their local newspaper, the Times Courier. This is separate from the center in Pickens County.