The Fort Scott Community College Women's Basketball program is sponsoring the Toys for Totscommunity service project again this year. This is the second year the Greyhounds will be helping Toys for Tots since the resurgence of the charity to Bourbon County last season. The 'Hounds have volunteered to be in charge of the entire city of Fort Scott and have placed donation boxes throughout town. Community members are asked to donate a toy at one of the drop-off locations.
Toys for Tots is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was founded in 1947. In 2003 Toys for Tots was named the "Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year" and "Best Children's Charity;" and has been ranked as one of the top 10 charities by Forbes magazine. They received a four-star rating from the Charity Navigator.
"Last year we saw an amazing amount of generosity by the community of Fort Scott," FSCC Head Women's Basketball Coach Diana Couch said. "When my assistant, Coach (Katie) Reihmann, and I volunteered for this charity we didn't know what kind of outcome to expect, because the charity has been out of Bourbon County for so many years. We were thrilled with amount of participation and were able to help many families because of it.
"The best part for us was experiencing the Christmas spirit, people caring for others and calling us to let us know of a hardship someone was having and us being able to supply these families withenough gifts to make their child's Christmas special. But that could not all be done without the support of this community. So we hope that while communitymembers are out doing their holiday shopping, they will keep in mind that they can make a difference in the life of a child with just one gift."
The Greyhound Women's Basketball Program will be in charge of collection and distribution of toys for Fort Scott as well as throughout Bourbon County. The toy drive has already started and will run through Monday, Dec. 12. Toys that do not receive homes here in Fort Scott will be donated to families in other areas.
Donation boxes can be found at Dollar General, Family Dollar, The Dollar Store, Walgreens, Walmart and the Academic Building here on the Fort Scott Campus near the Student Services Office. For more information, contact Couch or Reihmann at (620) 223-2700 Ext. 725.