Samaritan Outreach Services is partnering with Toys for Tots this holiday season to help return the toy drive to Highland County.
Wade Hamilton, the executive director of Samaritan, said that volunteers with his organization see first-hand how families are struggling and saying yes to partner with Toys for Tots was easy.
"We’ve taken on the task and we’re putting in the work," said Hamilton. "Our goal is to make sure that each child in Highland County has something under the tree this year, and we hope to again make Highland County proud of its local Toys for Tots program.”
County residents may register for the program on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Samaritan, 537 N. East St., Hillsboro.
Individuals signing up must bring valid ID, birth certificates for all children, and proof of household income. Participation is only open to those residents who have not already signed up to receive holiday toys through another organization.
For people wishing to donate, they may drop off new, unwrapped toys at the following locations:
Hillsboro: Community Market, Dollar General, Family Dollar (Highland Plaza), Family Dollar (W. Main Street), Highland Lanes, Hillsboro City Building, K-Mart, Kroger, NCB, Peebles, Samaritan Outreach, Veterans Service Commission and Walgreens.
Greenfield: Dollar General, Merchants Bank (Washington Street), Merchants Bank (Jefferson Street) and Shopko.
Leesburg: Dollar General and Southern Hills Community Bank
Lynchburg: Southern Hills Community Bank
Monetary donations may be made out to Toys for Tots and mailed to Samaritan Outreach Services, PO Box 242, Hillsboro, OH 45133.
Additional information can be found at http://highlandcounty.toysfortots.org or by calling 937-393-2220.
About Toys for Tots
Begun in 1947 by Colonel William L. Hendricks, at the time a major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, the Marine Toys for Tots program has collected and distributed toys to needy children for more than 60 years and has drop-off locations in communities large and small all over the nation. More than 400 million toys have been distributed to more than 188 million less fortunate children since the program began. Toys for Tots was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Defense as an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1995.
About Samaritan Outreach Services
Samaritan was formed in 1989 by Jean Carson and her husband, Rev. John Carson, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hillsboro, Ohio. They, along with Michael Malony, organized religious and community leaders to discuss how best to meet human needs in the face of scarce social services in Highland County. They worked with both the Episcopal Appalachian Ministries and the Catholic Social Services in Cincinnati to create Samaritan Outreach Services. Today, Samaritan Outreach Services is a stand-alone, nonprofit organization serving the greater Highland County area.