Toys for Tots in need of volunteers

Presents might already be making their way underneath your tree, but one organization in the Heartland received the gift that will keep on giving
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 10:27 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Presents might already be making their way underneath your Christmas tree, but for one organization in the Heartland, they received a gift that will keep on giving.

Toys for Tots has a new home thanks to the donation of a building from Saint Francis Healthcare System.

SEMO Toys for Tots coordinator Darlene MacCubbin said it was a gift they were not expecting, but one they needed.

“It’s a huge relief, cause every year it’s one of my biggest stressors, is looking for a donated building to have our toys in, or collection point or our bagging point, because I work off the donated dollar and I don’t want to spend that on rent for a building,” MacCubbin said.

The new location off of Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau currently has roughly 5,000 toys to be given to children. Everything from building blocks, to books and even bubble machines.

There is already nearly 3,000 children signed up to receive Christmas presents from Toys for Tots.

“I cannot even begin to imagine what a relief it is to the parents to know that there is some place they can go to be able to get toys to give to their children for Christmas, and speaking of mental health, I’m seeing more requests in the last 2 to 3 years from the older child that’s 10 up that’s wanting pencils and journals so they can write their thoughts down,” said MacCubbin.

MacCubbin believes there will be even more families signing up for help because of the current rise in prices across the nation.

The program helps five southeast Missouri counties: Scott, Stoddard, Perry, Bollinger, and Cape Girardeau Counties.

Toys for Tots is also need of help.

The organization is in need for volunteers.

If you would like to help the SEMO Toys for Tots, click here for more information.