Bryan County Toys for Tots begins 2017 toy drive


The Durant Noon Lions Club Toy Box committee, in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots is marking the 18th anniversary of the Bryan County Lions Toy Box Program.

Since its inception in 1947, Toys for Tots has provided more than 512 million Christmas toys to needy children across the country. In Bryan County alone, 300-500 economically challenged families are served each year through the gift of toys for each child. Last year alone, more than 1,500 children received toys and stocking suffers from the Lions Toy Box.

The Durant Noon Lions Club kicks off their annual toy drive with the goal of generating both toys and financial contributions to help make this year’s Toy Box project a success. The Lions Club requests that local businesses and individuals help by collecting toys or monetary donations. Project Chairman Brian Bond estimates costs for this year’s project to be approximately $50,000.

“This is a challenging endeavor which would not be possible without the support of the Bryan County Community,” Bond said. “We have had great support in the past and are very optimistic that our fundraising efforts and toy drive will be even more successful this year.”

The Lions Club will collaborate with Durant Main Street in an effort to Fill the RV with toys for the Toys for Tots project on Saturday, Dec. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. The RV will be parked on Market Square and Hot Shots Coffee will provide hot cocoa to those donating a new, unwrapped toy at the event. Photos with Santa and his reindeer, along with carolers and dancers will also be on Market Square that day.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to Lions Toy Box, you may mail your check to: Durant Lions Club, Lions Toy Box, P.O. Box 1196, Durant, OK 74702.

Also, new toys may be dropped off at numerous drop-off sites in Bryan County, including the Durant Chamber of Commerce and the Durant Fire Department. You may also choose to donate a new toy at any of the following drop off locations where a Toys for Tots box is located:

First Texoma Bank Main
First Texoma Bank University
First Texoma Bank Motor
Bob’s Family Restaurant
Chamber of Commerce
Jones Powersports
First United Bank Main
First United Bank University
First United Bank N. First Avenue
First United Bank Calera
First United Bank Walmart
First United Bank Bokchito
American Dream Realty
Big Lots
Red River Ford
Kiamichi Vo-Tech
Landmark Bank Main
Landmark Bank University
Rural Enterprises
Vision Bank
Dollar General N. First
Dollar General Radio Road
Dollar General Main Street
Medicine Store Pharmacy
Shamrock Bank
Elks Lodge
Durant Fire Dept. Main
Tractor Supply
Loves Travel Stop Colbert
J&D Metal Colbert
RiverView RV Park Colbert
Dollar General Calera
Hot Shots Coffee
Kopper Kettle
Corner Drug
Dollar Tree
Hoyte Dodge
Stuteville Chevrolet
Coldwell Banker Realty Group
Bryan County Properties
Brewer Realty
Farm Stead Restaurant Colbert

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