Toys for Tots boxes stationed at businesses throughout Aiken County wait to be filled.

As in previous years, local Marine Corps League detachments have distributed boxes among about 114 stores and businesses to collect new, unwrapped toys to be Christmas gifts to the community’s children in need.

“You always want to see a smile on a kid’s face at Christmas time,” said Lane Parker, commandant of the James L. Hammons Marine Corps League Detachment 939. “Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to help these kids. Hopefully, when their circumstances permit, people will be generous.”

Parker said Toys for Tots will benefit 1,200 children this year.

Toys for Tots boxes can be found at many locations in Aiken and the surrounding communities, including both Aiken Walmarts.

On Dec. 8, both Walmarts will go head-to-head to see which store can stuff a truck full of toys the fastest.

The 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.

Monetary donations are accepted as well.

If you’re interested in donating to Toys for Tots, call the Salvation Army at 641-4141 or Lane Parker at 644-8300 or visit

The Salvation Army works together with Marine Corps leagues for Toys for Tots.