Coordinating with other organizations in the area, WBCB 1490 and its partners collected 305 toys, 19 books, and 189 stocking stuffers this year as part of their annual Toys For Tots collection drive.
For more than thirteen years, WBCB has worked with local businesses to collect presents for children in the Lower Bucks region as part of Toys For Tots. The wide assortment of presents go to families whose parents might not be able to afford anything on their child’s list.
Efforts with WBCB had different results than last year. In 2017, partners collected 360 toys and 35 stockings. Though this year’s 305 is less for larger toys, donators came out strong with smaller contributions. More than quintupling stocking stuffers, these less expensive contributions can still light up a child’s eyes.
Last year, the county wide effort brought in more than 7,000 toys for Bucks children. Bucks Coordinator Staff Sergeant Kevin Miller says it all comes in from residents in the community.
“Nothing is insignificant,” Miller said. “Nothing goes out of the Bucks County area unless we have a tremendous surplus, but we make sure we have met our own needs first.”
Live broadcasts from locations throughout Lower Bucks County helped spread the word and raise awareness. Partners from Flowers By Jennie Lynne in Fairless Hills, the 225 Lincoln Properties in Fairless Hills, and LRA Automotive in Bristol all contributed to the effort in this way.