Durant Lions Club and Marine Reserves kick off toy program

By Randy Bruce

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The Durant Noon Lions Club Lions Toy Box committee, in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps Reserves is marking the 15th anniversary of the Bryan County Lions Toy Box Program. Since its inception in 1947, Toys for Tots has provided hundreds of millions of Christmas toys to needy children across the country. In Bryan County alone, seven to eight hundred economically challenged families are served each year through the gift of toys for each child. Last year alone, more than 1,800 children received toys and stocking suffers from the Lions Toy Box.

This week marks the beginning of the Durant Lions Club drive for contributions of both toys and financial contributions to help make this year’s Toy Box project a success. The Lions club requests that local businesses and individuals help by collecting toys or monetary donations. Project Chairman Brian Bond estimates costs for this year’s project to be approximately $50,000.

Bond said, “This is a challenging endeavor which would not be possible without the support of the Bryan County Community. We have had great support in the past and are very optimistic that our fundraising efforts and toy drive will be even more successful this year.”

This year, various local businesses and groups are coming up with innovative ways to help meet funding needs. Last weekend, Riverview RV & Recreational Park in Colbert, held a successful Chili Cook off benefitting Toys for Tots and on December 7, Hot Shots Coffee will sponsor a new event, “Hot Shots for Tots” 5K and Fun Run with proceeds benefitting the project. Anyone interested in the Run may register at Hot Shots Coffee or visit www.signmeup.com and search “Hot Shots for Tots.”

If you would like to make a financial contribution to Lions Toy Box, you may mail your check to: Durant Lions Club, Lions Toy Box, P.O. Box 1196, Durant, OK 74702. You may also choose to donate a new toy at any of the following drop off locations.

First Texoma National Bank, all locations

Bob’s Family Restaurant

Durant Chamber of Commerce

Jones Power Sports

First United Bank, all locations

American Dream Realty

Big Lots

Larry Dyson Motors

Red River Ford

Casteel’s Tire Barn

Kiamichi Area Career Tech

Landmark Bank, all locations

Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma

Visions Bank

Dollar General Stores

Friends and Company Salon

Medicine Store Pharmacy

Shamrock Bank

Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma

Hampton Inn

Elks Lodge


Durant Fire Department

All About Smiles

Corner Drug

Rhino Communications

Loves Travel Stop, Colbert

J&D Metal, Colbert



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