The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be serving as a launch pad for the annual Toys For Tots campaign for West Michigan. Each fan attending the show is being asked to donate a new, sealed in its original packaging toy for needy children which will distributed around the immediate area around Christmas. There will be collection boxes in the main lobby of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con throughout the weekend.
We are especially asking that you donate a toy that would be traditionally for boys between the ages of 8-14. This is the age range that is most difficult for Toys For Tots to receive donations, so please consider this when choosing a contribution.
Toys For Tots are asking cosplayers to pop into their booth over the weekend to have their picture taken near their banner for promotional purposes. Help them out! A Saturday schedule is posted here:
About Toys For Tots
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
Kent County Toys for Tots program serves between 8,000 and 10,000 children in Kent County and the adjoining areas each year. Our goal is to make sure every parent has gifts to give to their children on Christmas Day. On our annual Distribution Day, we take donated and purchased toys, books and games to one of our four distribution sites in Kent County and allow parents to “shop” for their children at no charge. For some families it is the only gift their child/children will receive and for others it is the nicest.
For more information on Toys For Tots click here.