Taylor Town Toys for Tots campaign in full swing

Local officials were on hand November 7 at the Taylor Town Trade Center, 22525 Ecorse Road, for the kick-off drive and anniversary celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Marines' Toys for Tots campaign. In 2006, Toys for Tots delivered more than 19.2 million toys to more than seven million children. According to the Marine Corps, more than 13 million children live in poverty and need help, so the Marines are is asking for donations this holiday season.

New toys will be accepted at the Taylor Town Trade Center through December 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The trade center is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Monetary donations (that go toward gifts for children ages 8 to 14) can me made by visiting the Web site www.toysfortots2007.com.

Pictured participating in the Toys for Tots Kick Off event are: Taylor resident Debra Klein (left), Brian Peters of State Senator Raymond Basham's staff, Sherri Liebau (representing Governor Jennifer Granholm), Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe, Taylor Town Trade Center Manager Diana Johnson, Taylor City Councilman Butch Ramik and Mary Pustelak of the Ranger Store.