The Marine Corps League and Shawnee Detachment #812 are excited to have a new home for Toys for Tots distribution, thanks to the City of Carbondale.
The City leased its old Public Works facility, located at 606 1/2 E. College Street, to Toys for Tots. The site will be used as a hub for toy distribution for the next 10 years.
"The City of Carbondale welcomes the opportunity to assist the Toys for Tots program with their move to Carbondale. We are grateful for the good work they do to make our children’s lives a little happier," said Carbondale Mayor John "Mike" Henry.
Carbondale Toys for Tots Coordinator Skip Cosgrove said, "The partnership between Toys for Tots and the City of Carbondale is the best thing that has happened to Toys for Tots since we began nearly 20 years ago. City representatives have been extremely helpful and accommodating. We now have a place where we can effectively provide toys for less fortunate children and grow to accommodate the ever increasing demand to bring a little Christmas to every child."
In December 2017, Toys for Tots distributed toys to 1,460 kids in Carbondale. A total of 10,425 toys were distributed to 3,700 kids in five counties throughout southern Illinois.
For more information about the local Toys for Tots collection, visit toysfortots.org. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact Carbondale Coordinators Skip and Patty Cosgrove at (618) 201-2808.
“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”