ADRIAN — The 2021 campaign supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program of Nobles County is now under way, and organizers are asking community residents, businesses and volunteers for help to make this a successful event.

The Toys for Tots Program of Nobles County provides new, unwrapped toys for disadvantaged children at Christmas. By providing a brand-new gift — something many children may take for granted — everyone can help less fortunate children believe someone cares and that the magic of the holiday season hasn’t passed them by.

Campaign co-coordinator Dan Harrington said the registration period for families to request toys from the Toys for Tots campaign began Oct. 1 and will continue through Dec. 4. Children ages 0 to 17 years are eligible to receive a gift through the program. They, along with their parent(s) or guardian(s), must be residents of Nobles County.

Applications for toys are available at Walgreens, HyVee and Serenity Gifts in Worthington; Keith’s Grocery and the City of Adrian office in Adrian; or at TC’s Tavern in Brewster. Applications must be mailed to the address on the application or scanned/emailed to Adrian.MN@ToysforTots.org.

Applicants will receive a letter with the status of their application and information about distribution day in December. The toy distribution is planned Dec. 18.

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Families will be required to bring documentation, which is outlined in their letter, to the distribution site on distribution day.

Those who wish to purchase toys for children ages infant to 17 may drop them off at collection boxes provided at Duffers Bar & Grill, Walgreens, Schwalbach Ace Hardware and Serenity Gifts in Worthington; Keith’s Grocery and the City of Adrian office in Adrian; and at TC’s Tavern in Brewster. All toys must be new and unwrapped, and all donations stay in Nobles County.

In addition, a Toy Drive — sponsored by Pulver Towing of Worthington — will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, 714 13th St., Worthington. During the event, people will be able to deliver their donations of new, unwrapped toys, register to win a Green Mountain Grill donated by Steve Henderscheidt Trucking of Worthington, take a photo with Santa, and visit with Nobles County Toys for Tots staff, Memorial Auditorium staff and the Buffalo Ridge Young Marines. Sugar cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Toys for Tots is also seeking volunteers throughout Nobles County to assist with Distribution

Day. Volunteers may sign up at https://bit.ly/3lx4a3A. The organization also provides updates on the campaign on its Facebook page: facebook.com/groups/nctft. Please like and follow the campaign there.

For questions regarding the Toys for Tots Program of Nobles County, contact Harrington or co-coordinator Tina Johnson, at (507) 481-0069 or email Adrian.MN@ToysforTots.org.

Thanks to the generosity of Nobles County residents, businesses, and volunteers, the Toys for Tots program in 2020 provided new, unwrapped toys to more than 170 disadvantaged children in Nobles County.