National media attention is usually good news for a charity, but Augusta’s Marines are hoping to avoid that this year during their annual Toys for Tots collection.
The toy collection is already under way, but Best Buy will not be a collection point after a Marine was stabbed on Black Friday last year by a shoplifter fleeing the store, Gunnery Sgt. Robert Ritchie said.
“We’re putting safety first,” Ritchie said.
Through a partnership with nonprofits such as United Way and regional employers such as Savannah River Site, the Marine Corps Reserve in Augusta has a goal of meeting or exceeding last year’s 36,000 toys.
The collections end around Dec. 13 so the toys can be sorted and distributed, Ritchie said.
Donated toys should be new and unwrapped; toys are needed for children between the ages of infant to about 12 or 13.