If there was ever a time to help families in need, this is it. Over the next few weeks, Helix staff is donating to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, and you are welcome to join us.

If you’re unfamiliar with Toys for Tots, know that each holiday season, the Marine Corps partners with local non-profits and businesses to collect toys for distribution to less fortunate children throughout our community.  Helix employees at all four of the district’s facilities are collecting new and unwrapped toys until Monday, December 14.

If you would like to pitch in, please donate virtually by creating a virtual toy box at https://toysfortotsbox.com/.   

Wondering what to buy? Here are some helpful answers from the Marine Corps:

 Q: Is there a list of toys available to help me?
Toys for Tots does not publish a list of appropriate toys to donate.  If such a list were created, most would follow it, resulting in a limited selection of items to distribute in each community.  We would rather our donors consider what might be an appropriate gift for their own child/relative, purchase the item, and donate to Toys for Tots.

 Q: Shopping for pre-teens and teens is especially difficult.  Do you have any ideas?
The Foundation does purchase supplemental toys/gifts for our campaign sites and focuses on these age groups.  In the past, items purchased for these groups have included, but are not limited to:  sporting equipment/bags/balls; books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers.

Q: Are there toys or gifts that are not accepted?
Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic looking weapons and gifts with food.  If donated, such items will NOT be distributed.

 Q: Should I gift wrap my donated toy?

No

Thank you all, in advance, for your donation.

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