FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Westy Self Storage announced its continued support of the Toys for Tots donation drive. The drive will run until Dec. 19, and Westy Self Storage will collect at its facilities in Stamford, Norwalk, Wilton and Fairfield.
In addition to collection, Westy will also provide storage for the donations as well as make the final delivery.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program collects new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in the local communities. A shiny new toy delivers the message of hope to needy youngsters. It is hoped that this act of kindness will help motivate the children to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
Dropoff locations are:
- Wilton, 65 Danbury Road.
- Norwalk, 50 Keeler Ave.
- Stamford, 80 Brownhouse Road
- Fairfield, 2070 Kings Highway.
Toys for Tots began in 1947 when the wife of Marine Maj. Bill Hendricks handcrafted a Raggedy Ann doll and asked her husband to deliver the doll to an organization that would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When they realized that no such organization existed, they decided to start one. That Christmas a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. That pilot program was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign and since then has distributed over 370 million toys to more than 173 million children.
“Working with Westy has always been a positive experience,” said Henry Norley, area chairman, Toys for Tots. “We can count on them to always support the program without exception.”
Westy is open for drop-off seven days a week. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.
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