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How Can You Get Involved?

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The Nittany Leathernecks are always looking for a few good volunteers. Our approach to this effort emphasizes organizational support. But we (indeed) also welcome individual volunteers. The emphasis, however, remains TOTAL community involvement.

Whether you represent an organization or are just an individual trying to make a difference, please contact our Centre County Toys for Tots Chairman, Gene Weller, or his Vice Chairman, Greg Johnson, to see how you can support the program:

Gene Weller
Chairman, Centre County Toys for Tots
Nittany Leathernecks Det., MCL
PO Box 956
Lemont, PA 16851-0956
(814) 234-9831 (day)
leatherneck302.gmail.com

Greg Johnson
Vice Chairman, Centre County Toys for Tots
Nittany Leathernecks Det., MCL
PO Box 956
Lemont, PA 16851-0956
(814) 234-6093 (evenings)
leatherneck302.gmail.com

Donate to T4T online:
http://lemont-pa.toysfortots.org

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The Nittany Leathernecks Detachment of the United States Marine Corps League, as the authorized organization for conducting a Toys for Tots campaign in Centre County, cannot offer enough thanks to the Penn Stater Conference Center for annually providing space for the processing of 12,000 to 15,000 toys.

As this is a working conference center, we must ask that a level of respect and decorum be provided while at the Penn Stater. We believe strongly in the teaching of our children that there are those less fortunate than ourselves, and if we do not show them charity while they are growing up, how can we suddenly expect them to respect others when they are adults.

That said, we must ask that children brought to the Penn Stater have sufficient adult supervision as we do not have enough volunteers to keep an eye on children that otherwise elect to run around the halls of the hotel/conference center.

At the wrapping sessions, the following procedures must be followed. We have followed the same procedures for almost 10 years and the food banks and other social service agencies that do the distribution expect that toys will be labeled in the following manner:

  1. Identify the item that you are wrapping (e.g. game, book, doll, puzzle, etc.)

  2. Check for age appropriateness and gender.

  3. Check and see if it needs batteries and if they are included. Note: if batteries are needed, bring them to the battery table.  We want to ensure that a child will be able to use the item when unwrapped.

  4. Make sure the bar code is crossed off.  This ensures that someone can't try to return the item to Wal-Mart or some other store and get a refund.

  5. Wrap the gift.

  6. Put a white sticker showing the contents and either a blue (boy), pink (girl), or yellow (boy or girl) sticker with the lowest age that the gift can be used for and the highest age it can be used for.

    If the gift is for 18 months to 5 years of age, you would put an age 2 and an age 3 sticker on the gift.  Never put a sticker on with an age lower than recommended by the manufacturer or higher than what is recommended by the manufacturer.  We must stay with the ages recommended by the companies who make the toys to prevent injury.

  7. There should never be more than 3 stickers on any gift and there should never be a mixture of colored stickers on any gift.   You will have all pink, all blue, or all yellow stickers; and a white sticker showing the contents.

  8. Infant gifts are items that are listed with the ages 0-18 months.  These gifts will only get a yellow infant sticker.

STICKER CODING GUIDE

"A & C" - Arts and crafts 
"YA"
- Young adults (items that are non-toy for older youth)
"ANM" - Stuffed animals 
"BK"
-Books 
"DOL"
- Dolls
"TRK"
-Trucks, cars, etc
"EDU" - Educational 
"BLK"
- Blocks
"GAM" - Games
"JWL" - Jewelry
"MOD" - Model
"SPT" - Sports equipment
"PZ" - Puzzle
"CBK" -Coloring books
"TOY" -Any item that doesn't fit in the above group

  • BLUE STICKERS ARE FOR BOYS
  • PINK/RED/BRIGHT ORANGE STICKERS ARE GIRLS
  • YELLOW STICKERS ARE FOR EITHER BOY OR GIRL
  • WHITE STICKERS SHOW THE CONTENTS

AGE GROUP GUIDE/CATEGORIES

"INFANT" (
ITEMS LISTED FOR 0-18 MONTHS)
"2" (ITEMS LISTED FOR EITHER 24 MONTHS OR 2 YEARS)
"3" (ITEMS LISTED FOR EITHER 36 MONTHS OR 3 YEARS)
"4-6"      
"7-9"
"10-12"
"13 & UP"

Please Note:

  • IF AN ITEM IS FOR A 1-3 YEAR OLD, ONLY PUT AGE STICKERS SHOWING 2 & 3. 
  • IF AN ITEM WERE FOR 3 TO 7 YEAR OLDS, YOU WOULD PUT STICKERS ON SHOWING THE AGE OF 3 & 4-6.
  • NEVER PUT A STICKER ON THAT IS LOWER OR HIGHER THAN THE RECOMMENDED AGES.

ADDITIONAL WRAPPING INFORMATION

It is our mission to provide four new toys for each child identified primarily via the seven Centre County food banks.  These agencies adhere to financial standards set by the county for determining eligibility.  The food banks provide us with a list by age and gender of the number of children that they support. At the Penn Stater, two large conference rooms are utilized along with about 4four smaller rooms.  The toys are collected in one small room where the bar codes are crossed out and then the toys are placed by category in the next small room.  The first large room is where the wrapping and labeling occurs. 

To reduce confusion, the toys are placed on the wrapping tables by category such as puzzle, or doll. Only that category of sticker will be at that table location.  When items run low in that category, more are brought from the second small room mentioned earlier.  After the toys are wrapped and labeled, the toys are taken to the second large room that is segregated by age and gender.  The toys are placed in the appropriate category from which the orders for each food bank are filled. 

After counting and bagging the toys for a specific food bank, those bags are then taken to another small room where they are segregated by food bank.  Volunteers from the county's fire departments will pick up the bags and transport them to their food bank site.