Just look at all these toys stacked up underneath the grandstands at the Lassen County Fairgrounds ready for distribution by the Lassen County Toys for Tots a few years ago. The organization’s goal is to ensure every youngster in Lassen County has a Merry Christmas. File photo

Toys for Tots announces collection fundraiser

Toys for Tots — one of Lassen County’s most enduring holiday traditions — is once again helping local families have a Merry Christmas this holiday season.

Lassen County’s Search and Rescue manages the yearly program, and last year the group filed for its own nonprofit status.

“We serve more than 500 kids, ages newborn to 17, in Lassen County every Christmas,” said Robert Trussell, who’s coordinating the program. “If you would like to donate but are just not sure what to donate, we are in need of toys, clothes, shoes/boots stocking stuffers, games, arts and crafts and items for our teenagers. Or you can make a cash donation.”

Toys for Tots reaches out to all parts of the community.

“We try to mainly help low-income families,” Trussell said, “but we’ve also started working with the Mountain Circle Foster Agency … we want to make sure all the kids have a great Christmas.”

Because Lassen County’s Toys for Tots is a separate, local nonprofit entity not affiliated with a national organization, all its efforts are focused right here in Lassen County.

“All donations stay in Lassen County and go to Lassen County kids,” Trussell said. “We only shop locally supporting our local businesses. And we ask you to also shop locally, too, if you are donating a toy or gift.”

Many local businesses throughout Susanville and Lassen County will have collection boxes and jars on display.

“If you cannot make it out to one of our collection events but would like to make a cash donation, you can mail it to us,” Trussell said. “Donations can be mailed to Lassen County Toys for Tots, P.O. Box 171, Susanville CA 96130. If you have questions, know a family that could benefit from Toys for Tots or need to arrange a toy donation, call 260-1222.”

More information is also available at the Lassen County Toys for Tots page on Facebook.

Toys for Tots announces collection fundraisers

Walmart and Walgreen’s parking lots
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24

Uptown Country Christmas Tree Lighting
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday Dec. 2, Uptown Susanville, corner of North Roop and Main streets

McDonald’s parking lot
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Susanville Supermarket IGA
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

Toyland giveaway
Under the grandstands at the Lassen County Fairgrounds
9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16
Park in the Jensen Hall parking lot.