The Hiawatha Valley Marines have decided to form a separate organization that will collect toys for distribution during Christmas time.
The Marines have voted to support the establishment of a separate organization which will operate under the Winona Community Foundation's umbrella of charitable organizations 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, at the annual "Toy Store" shortly before Christmas. 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 Hiawatha Valley Marines.