The 13th annual Lite Rock Toys for Tots drive is this Friday, November 30th from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing. We’ll be stationed live at center court collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. These toys will stay right here…in South Jersey and help the thousands of local families who can’t afford gifts for Christmas this year.

I’ve been thinking lately about a conversation I had last year with one of the Marine Reserves. He told me that in the last couple of years the need for toys had increased so greatly, they were forced to ration the toy giveaway more closely. The Reservist said there was a real possibility the South Jersey Toys for Tots effort would come up short. That would mean some children would go without a toy. Flash forward a year later and I wonder how many kids will go without their own toy this Christmas? That’s why we’re asking you to give what you can this Friday.

Stuffed animals, sports equipment like baseballs and basketballs, and age appropriate gifts for children up to age 12 are some of the items needed.  Use your creativity and remember what gifts you or your kids wanted for Christmas and drop it by this Friday at the Hamilton Mall!

By the way, everyone who donates a toy is in the running for hourly prizes like Hall & Oates concert tickets and an autographed guitar from the Wilson sisters in the band Heart!