Published Date Written by Noelle Barrett
For many families, the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots campaign is Santa Claus, saving Christmas for those that have fallen on hard times.
So when Tracey Bemis’ husband told her the local Toys for Tots coordinator quit, she didn’t have time to think.
“It was two weeks before deadline,” recalled Bemis, of Hummelstown. “We looked at each other, and he knew I wouldn’t let it go.”
He decision to volunteer as coordinator meant children in Middletown, Royalton, Highspire, Steelton, Oberlin, Hummelstown, and Derry Twp, would find
gifts under the tree Christmas morning.
“I’ve had moms calling me in tears, saying, ‘We can’t afford it,’ ” Bemis said. “People are losing their jobs. The situations have gotten so bad.”
Thousands of toys flooded the room of a storefront in Hershey last week as volunteers from the community, including cadets from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, parents from the Hershey PTO, employees from US Airways, members of Fishburn UMC, and others sorted, tallied and bagged everything so children would get gifts on Christmas.
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