The Marine Corps League Tri-State Gung Ho Detachment #909 made sure there were hundreds of toys under tristate trees this Christmas.
Parents from the tristate area chose toys from Santa’s North Pole, housed at the American Legion in Milford. Burt Weinstein, leader of the Marine Corps League, said parents came from Bushkill, Cuddebackville, Sparrowbush, Huguenot, Montague, Port Jervis, and from up and down the Delaware Valley.
Erica Brennan administers the Toys for Kids TriState program (ToysForKidsTriState.com).
Each year the Marines place huge Toys for Kids boxes in businesses all over the area. The Pike County Sheriff’s Department also collected toys in trunks for the project. Weinstein said, “125 families and 325 children celebrated Christmas this year because of the generosity of many caring people.” ShopRite and Walmart were instrumental in this project, as was the Pike County Human Development Authority.
The Marine Corps League has sent 2,048 care packages overseas over the last 20 years. They also sponsor a scholarship program. Weinstein said their biggest project is Toys for Kids.