U.S. Marine Corps Reserve again giving toys to needy children

Local Toys for Tots coordinator, Rudy St. Peter of Cross Lake, meets with Santa at a Toys for Tots meeting in Virginia in September. (Courtesy of Rudy St. Peter)

Rudy St. Peter of Cross Lake Township and other volunteers will once again be delivering a bit of joy to many of the less fortunate children in Aroostook County this holiday season through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

Since 1947, the Marines have worked to help gather and distribute toys to children around the country.

Last year, the Northern Aroostook Toys for Tots program distributed toys to 2,600 children and St. Peter says the need is greater this year.

St. Peter, the local community organizer for the program, works with local businesses to collect and store the toys, which are distributed directly to children at their homes.

“The toys mean a lot to kids in need,” St. Peter said on Monday.

Volunteers work with local church groups, schools, Knights of Columbus councils, American Legion Posts and other civic groups to deliver toys.

St. Peter said deliveries already have begun.

There is still time for people to donate toys, however, and for businesses to help support the program.

Collection boxes for toys may be found at various merchants in most communities around Aroostook County.

Additional details may be found at the group’s’ Facebook page.