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October 16, 2011

Toys for Tots signup begins Tuesday

ATHENS — Christmas is still more than two months away, but families who plan to seek assistance from Toys for Tots can sign up this week.

Registration for the U.S. Marine Corps-sponsored charity will be held at Athens-Limestone United Way on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. A second sign-up day will be held Nov. 10 at the same times.

Kaye Young McFarlen, director of the local United Way, said residents interested in applying should bring a valid photo ID, Social Security card, child’s birth certificate, proof of income and a utility bill.

She said one change this year is the age of eligibility is from birth to 12 years old. The United Way will also be verifying if families are receiving holiday help from any other agencies.

“There’s just not enough resources here locally, so (families) need to stick with that program they are most eligible for,” McFarlen said.

She said Toys for Tots served 681 children last year, and expects more children to be served this year.

“The economy is not any better than it was last year, and it may be worse,” she said.


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