Toys for Tots comes out of hibernation to help children in need

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  A nonprofit organization whose name is synonymous with Christmastime giving is stepping up to help children get through the coronavirus crisis. 

Lt. Gen. James Laster, the Marine Toys for Tots president and CEO, says they’ve joined forces with Good360, a world leader in product philanthropy.

“About 2 million toys, books and games have been shipped to Good360 then distributed to other nonprofits to those children in need,” Laster explained. 

We normally see Toys for Tots during the holiday season, but Laster and Good360 CEO Matt Connelly say this is an unprecedented crisis that’s impacting millions of kids.

“Both their mom and dad are probably out of work. They’re probably sitting at home, which is making matters worse, it’s just putting more pressure and more fear on them,” Laster said. 

Laster says his group is also attempting to team up with the National School Lunch Program to deliver items to Title I school children.

“We came up with a plan to find out what are the requirements with these Title I schools and would they like for us to directly ship to them books and materials that they could then distribute along with the school lunches. And hopefully, sometime next week, we may be able to start shipping books and materials to those schools,” he said.

To find where to pick up toys, books and games in the Philadelphia-area and South Jersey, click here.