This year marks the 14th anniversary of the successful partnership between the Durant Lion’s Club, the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce and the US Marine Corps Reserve to provide needy children of Bryan County with Christmas gifts through the Lions Toy Box and the Toys for Tots programs. Plans have been underway since mid-October for this year’s event for Bryan County children.
Each year children throughout Bryan County are the recipients of toys and gifts given away to families who cannot afford to purchase gifts for their children at Christmas. This year’s drive for toys and contributions kick-off began on November 5. The Durant Lions Club coordinates with local businesses and individuals to help with the Lion’s Toy Box by collecting toys and/or making contributions.
The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce serves as a drop off point and accepts applications from those families who need additional help through the Christmas season with presents for their children. Brian Bond, chairman for the Durant Lions Toy Box, said, “The Durant Lions anticipate this year to be more of a challenge because of the current economic situation, but with community support the Lions Toy Box will once again be a success.” Last year the Toy Box Project was able to distribute gifts to more than 800 Bryan County families, providing more than 2,000 Bryan County Children with Christmas gifts.
Remember to look for the Marine’s Toys for Tots Boxes at many of the businesses throughout Bryan County beginning November 5. All Toys donated in Bryan County stay in Bryan County.