Toys for Tots needs help in Bladen County

By: Staff report

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Toys for Tots Literacy Program needs assistance with financial and new-toy donations in Bladen County for the Christmas season.

The Toys for Tots Literacy Program offers the nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to resources that will enhance their ability to read and to communicate effectively.

According to Carmen Jones, the coordinator for Bladen, the need in the county is big.

“We are very short of gifts for the ages from birth to 2 years old, and also 8 to 13,” she said. “We have requests for bikes and electronics, which we do not have.”

Those who wish to make a monetary donation can go online to — click NC for state then click.Fayetteville.

Those preferring to write a tax-deductible check should write “Bladen County” in the memo space — or contribute a new, unwrapped toy —they can drop either off at the following locations: Dragonfly Coffeehouse on South Poplar Street in downtown Elizabethtown, main branch of the Bladen County Public Library, Mt. Oliver School, Leinward’s, ABC Package Store, and Greater St. Matthew Church of the Ammon Community, Sharon View Bank in Tar Heel and Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin.

“We really need help,” Jones emphasized.

For information, Jones can be reached at 910-224-0082 or at

Staff report