This year's Hiawatha Valley Marines annual Toys for Tots toy drive will have a new local partnership and a new name.
The Hiawatha Valley Marines have voted to support the establishment of a separate organization that will be focused on providing Toys for Kids in the Winona area.
The new organization will operate under the Winona Community Foundation's umbrella of charitable organizatons supporting the Winona community. It will be called Toys for Kids and will provide children toys at Christmas time.
As in the past, toys and funds to purchase them will be collected by the logistics team of Toys for Kids and will be distributed, as before, by the Toy Store team. Jim Eddy will chair the logistics team. There is no financial need requirement for children to receive at toy.
Barrels marked "TOYS FOR KIDS" will be placed in shops, stores, and other businesses across the Winona area and collected by members of the committee and by the Hiawatha Valley Marines.