Toys for Tots donates Christmas gifts to hundreds of children in Manistee County

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MANISTEE – Over 300 children in the Manistee area will have something waiting for them this Christmas, thanks to this year’s distribution of toddler toys/gifts for teens.

For over 50 years, FiveCAP has been collecting toys and gifts for children from low-income households in Manistee.

The 501(c)3 nonprofit has partnered with Synergy Broadcasting to help “parents who may have nothing to put under the tree…choose Christmas gifts for their kids “, according to a press release from FiveCAP.

Collection barrels are placed throughout the county during the holiday season. In addition to these fundraising sites, many area businesses and schools have held fundraisers for the program.

This includes the Festival of Trees and Holiday Decor, hosted by the Lakeside Club, which donated 70 toys and $80 cash to the program in December.

The VFW Walsh Post #4499 in Manistee is supporting the program by donating its hall for the giveaway, which this year took place on December 15-16.

The success of the annual Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens program depends on many segments of the community coming together to donate time, toys, gifts and money to the program.

“Once again, the generosity of Toys for Tots (and) Gifts for Teens shows the incredible hearts and generous spirit of our community,” Chief Executive Mary Trucks said in the statement.

Monetary donations are accepted year-round and are used to purchase toys and gifts closer to distribution dates just before Christmas. This ensures that there are enough items available for each age group, according to the FiveCAP website.

All purchases are made locally for the benefit of the local economy.


Trucks told the News Advocate that all remaining toys and gifts will be saved for next year’s distribution.

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