MICHIGAN CITY | The Michiana Marine Detachment 1348 is launching its LaPorte County Toys for Tots campaign on Nov. 12 with the placement of collection boxes throughout Michigan City and LaPorte.
Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer, La Porte Mayor Blair Milo and U.S. Marine Corp. Staff Sgt. Jared Riske recently announced the upcoming kick-off.
Those wanting to help can drop off new, unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 12 years at the following locations:
Al's Supermarkets (Franklin Street and Karwick Plaza), Antique Mall (Highway 421 on Frontage Road), Anytime Fitness, Big "R," Barker Inn, City Hall, City Lanes, Clubhouse Bar & Grill, Curves, Decoy's Bar & Grille, Dollar General (Duneland Plaza, Evergreen Plaza, Michigan Boulevard), Eaton Chiropractic, Edgewood School, Farm Bureau Insurance (Johnson Road), Fifth-Third Bank (Pine Street and Franklin Street), Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home, Harley Davidson, Hearthside Food Solutions, Hick's Chiropractic, Image House Beauty Salon, Insure One, Jazzercise, Kabelin Hardware, Member's Advantage Credit Union (Ohio Street), Knucklehead's Bar & Grille, La Porte Community FCU (Southwind Drive), Menard's, Ott-Haverstock Funeral Home, Owen's Motor Supply, Prestige Beauty College, Ramset Red Head, Reilly's Sports Bar & Grille, Ryan's Irish Pub, St. Stanislaus School, Sauers Ford, Schoops, Senior Center, South Shore Credit Union, Starbuck's, Sullair (Michigan Boulevard and U.S. 12, Trail Creek Cuts Barber Shop, Trail Creek Liquors, VFW (800 Earl Road), Von Tobel Lumber, Wal-Mart and Walgreen's (20 and 421, Franklin Street and Barker Avenue).
Al's East and West, American Licorice, Back Roads Brewery, Colima's, Carriage House Apartments, City Hall, Dollar General (Highway 2), Dollar General (Highway 4), Family Dollar (Highway 2), Farm Bureau Insurance (Boyd Boulevard), Fast Eddie's, Fifth-Third Bank, H & R Block (K-Mart Plaza), Hair Diva, Hawkin's Print Shop, Howmet, Kabelin Hardware (East and West), Kroger Food Store, LaPorte City Hall, La Porte County Builder's Association, La Porte County Solid Waste, La Porte Yacht Club, La Porte Community FCU (Jefferson Street), Parents and Friends, Shaffner Tire, Thode Floral, Walgreen's (East and West) and Wal-Mart.
Anyone wanting to offer a monetary donation should make checks payable to Toys For Tots and send it via mail to Michiana Marine Detachment 1348, P.O. Box 8873, Michigan City, IN 46360. All donations are tax deductible.
Families in La Porte County who need toys for their children should contact their township trustee or the Salvation Army to sign up for assistance.