More than 4,000 books were donated to local libraries by the group.
“Every one of these books will be used,” said Peggy Wilkes, children’s coordinator Leath Library.
Benny Leviner reaches out to get grants every year and said that he wanted to spread some joy by sharing the books.
“We will also use some of them for stocking stuffers,” he said.
The library has a number of programs throughout the years and Outreach Coordinator Deborah Knight said that all of the area libraries will get a portion of the books.
“So many children don’t have books and it is good to get some out into the community,” Wilkes said.
The Toys for Tots program will continue until Dec. 20. Applications can be picked up at the Richmond County Department of Social Services by contacting your caseworker.
Donation boxes will be at the following stores: Belks, Big Lots, Burlington Mills, Coldwell Banker, Richmond County Clerk of Court’s Office, Perdue, CSX Railroad, CVS Pharmacy, all Dollar General stores, Ellerbe Pharmacy, First Bank, First Choice Medical Group, all Family Dollar stores, The Golden Rule in Hamlet, Grants Auto Express, Honeycutt Auction, Huddle House, Iron Horse Auction, J.C. Penny, Lowe’s in Rockingham, Marshall Office Supply in Rockingham, all middle schools, the Richmond Ninth Grade Academy, Richmond Senior High, State Employee’s Credit Union, Walgreens Pharmacy and churches and military organizations throughout the county.
“Every child deserves a little Christmas and we make sure they get it,” said Bill Rohleder of the Marine Corps.
For more information on donating to the Toys for Tots program contact Leviner at (910) 582-8202 or you may got to toysfortots.org and select Richmond County. Also, checks may be made out to “Toys For Tots Foundation” and mailed to the “Local Area Coordinator” at 1121 Rice St. Hamlet, N.C. 28345. To donate books to the library contact Knight or Wilkes at (910) 895-6337.
Staff Writer Hollie Nivens can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 19, or by e-mail at email@example.com