Donations of new, unwrapped toys are being accepted at many Howard County locations for the 75th annual Toys for Tots campaign.
Founded in 1947 by Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks and his wife, Diane, the national charity runs campaigns across the state.
In 2021, approximately 35,000 toys were distributed in Howard County and about 6,000 families were supported across the region, said Gunnery Sgt. Charles Miller, Toys for Tots Baltimore campaign coordinator.
“All the toys that are donated stay in [the region] ... we just want to be able to make the process as easy as possible for [families],” he said. “We just want them to have something under the tree.”
Monetary donations can be made online at toysfortots.org. Toys can be dropped off at the following county locations through noon, Dec. 16:
- East Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way
- Elkridge 50+ Center, 6540 Washington Boulevard
- Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road
- Loan Closet, 7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite D1, Columbia
- MultiService Center, 9900 Washington Boulevard N, Laurel
- Howard County Police Department Community Outreach, 10785 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
- HCPD Northern District, 3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City
- HCPD Oracle Building, 7031 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia
- HCPD Southern District, 11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel
- Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 MD 97, Cooksville
- North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road
- Recreation and Parks Headquarters Lobby, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia
- Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City
- Howard County Library System Central Branch, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway
- Howard County Library System Elkridge Branch, 6540 Washington Boulevard
- Howard County Library System Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City
- Howard County Library System Savage Branch, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel