High rise hosts dance benefiting Toys for Tots

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Residents of the Jefferson Street High Rise held their third-annual dance to benefit the Toys for Tots campaign Monday at the Jefferson Street Social Center.

Executive Director of the Jefferson County Housing Authority Sandy McGuire explained how important Toys for Tots is in the community.

“It’s not just for residents of the high rise,” she said, adding that admission to the event was one unwrapped toy. “We’ve also invited other organizations throughout Punxsy — including the Mahoning Towers — to participate.”

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.

“We distributed the toys last year, and I know they needed a lot of toys last year to make it a success,” McGuire said. “There are a lot of organizations holding events that require a brand new toy.”

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

The most popular Toys for Tots activity that takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. 

In communities without a reserve unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment, or groups of men and women — generally veteran Marines, authorized by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation — to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign.

Sheila Konyk, property manager for the Jefferson County Housing Authority, said that the residents really enjoyed holding the dance and helping the campaign at the same time.

“This is the third year that we’ve held the dance, and my first year that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of it,” Konyk said.

For more information regarding Toys for Tots, check out its Web site for the Marine Toys for Tots foundation at www.toysfortots.org.