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  • Crystal Faircloth

Toys for Tots Down 65 Percent Here

A well-known organization desperately needs help from the public to fulfill the wish lists of children in in Columbus County.

The Marine Corps Toys for Tots has placed boxes in different locations throughout the county, but donations are only at 35 percent, resulting in a delay of distribution dates.

The Marine Corps Toys for Tots was established in 1947. This year marks their 75th anniversary of collection and distribution.

Robin Sadler, coordinator for Columbus and Brunswick counties, is passionate about making sure some Christmas magic reaches poverty-stricken families.

“My purpose and goal is to help every child in need,” said Sadler.

Sadler and other members have placed the recognizable red and white train boxes in Tabor City, Whiteville, and Chadbourn. Businesses like Dameron Drug, Williamson's BBQ, State Farm, and Farm Bureau have joined the crusade to collect the toys, and corporate businesses like Dollar General and Family Dollar have the boxes placed at the front door in hopes that customers might help fill it.

They can also be found at the Whiteville Fun Factory, Walmart, Van Underwood Chrysler Jeep and Ram, the Veterans Affairs building, Big Lots, and Walgreens.

Toy purchases aren't the only way to help out. You can also visit to make monetary donations. Search for North Carolina in the search bar and then for Columbus County on the next screen. Be sure to mark the donation for Columbus County.

The organization uses 97.3 percent of every dollar to purchase toys for the cause, but they can't do it alone. Sadler urges the public to consider making a contribution.

"Help put a smile on the face of a Columbus County child this Christmas by donating an unwrapped toy or by making a monetary donation," expressed Sadler.

For more information about how you can help out in our area, visit

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