By Theresa Stratford for The Island Connection
For more than 20 years, the Town of Seabrook Island has supported the holiday charity called the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. This annual tradition for the town was spearheaded in the early 2000s by former Town Councilmember Bob Ferguson and former Town Administrator Randy Pierce – both who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a nationwide nonprofit that began in 1991 at the behest of the U.S. Marine Corps. The goal of the charity is simple: to bring the joy of Christmas to America’s less fortunate children. The Seabrook Island toy drive began on Nov. 29 and will commence at the annual Seabrook Island Town Christmas party on Dec. 9. The toy drop-off site is located inside Town Hall. Like last year’s Christmas party in 2020, the drive-thru celebration will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Masks are not required, but residents are asked to remain in their vehicles. Mayor John Gregg, members of Seabrook Island Town Council and town staff will welcome guests as they drive-thru and are greeted with sweet holiday treats, a light display and holiday music.
All are welcome to attend. For anyone that had not dropped off a toy for the Toys for Tots charity initiative at Town Hall prior to the party, they are welcome to do so at the celebration as they drive through. In 2020, Seabrook Island collected a total of six full boxes of toys. Town Administrator, or should we say Santa’s helper, Joe Cronin will deliver the toys at the Toys for Tots office in Summerville after Dec. 9. The toys will be distributed locally to children in the Lowcountry. Cronin said, “We would like to thank our residents for their generosity and for supporting this toy drive for so many years.” He announced the initiative at the Nov. 16 Town Council Meeting.
The town staff promotes the Toys for Tots program over the town’s social media channels, on their website, and through the Seabrooker, The Island Connection and Tidelines. Toys for Tots accepts new and unwrapped toys for children of all ages. For more information on the program, visit toysfortots.org.
For more information on the Dec. 9 holiday party or to drop off a toy, visit the town’s website.