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Still looking for a few good toys

Pete Fowler
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

ROARING FORK VALLEY, Colorado ” Volunteers coordinating Toys for Tots in the Roaring Fork Valley expect more needy families and possibly less donations due to the struggling economy.

So they’re trying to get the word out and ask people to donate new, unwrapped toys to give to children up to about 16 years old during the holidays. The kids can also pick out things to give to their parents.

“Because of the economy we’re going to probably have more need from the families and maybe less donations,” said Scott Forsythe, a volunteer. “We’re trying to get a jump on the program to serve the public a little bit better.”

The program is called the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. It began in 1947 when a Marine in Los Angeles collected about 5,000 toys to distribute to needy children after he and his wife realized there was no organization giving toys to needy children during the holidays there at the time. The goal is to deliver a message of hope and motivate needy children to grow into responsible and productive citizens, the Toys for Tots website says.

“It just helps needy families,” Forsythe said. “We have a lot of single moms with lots of children, and with this economy we’re probably going to have quite a few families this year.”

He said Toys for Tots generally serves 50 to 75 families in the Roaring Fork Valley and more than 200 children each year.

“Each year I am absolutely amazed at the generosity of the people in this valley,” Forsythe said. “It’s a wonderful thing. When you see some of the folks that are coming in, they’re so grateful.”

Forsythe said people must qualify through the Eagle County Department of Health and Human Services to receive the toys, but they don’t have to live in Eagle County to qualify. Call the department at 704-2760 to apply. Visit for more information.

Forsythe said towns outside the Roaring Fork Valley such as New Castle, Silt and Rifle are coordinated through Grand Junction. The Toys for Tots website says that contact number is (970) 523-1226.

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