Shaw Chiropractic is hosting their thirteenth Toys for Tots collection Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The office will be accepting new, unwrapped toys to be given to the annual Marine Corp Reserves Toys for Tots Program.
According to their website, the mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The goal is to deliver, through the new toys, messages of hope to needy children to motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
"Every year, there are children whose families are in need, and we feel it's important to help those families as much as we can," Dr. Julie Shaw said.
The toys will be distributed in Brazil, under the supervision of the Clay County Christmas Assistance Program.
"We've worked out a way that we can keep the toys collected from our office and other businesses in Brazil to stay local," Shaw said.
"We distribute to people who are from Clay County."
During the past 12 years, Shaw Chiropractic has collected about 5,000 toys.
"The majority of toys come in through our patients," Shaw said.
"Our biggest success is the number of patients who help us collect as many toys as we do."
Shaw said she is expecting to receive around 400-500 toys this year.
She mentioned the Marine Corp Reserves Toys for Tots motto, "Every child deserves a little Christmas."
"Whether the income they bring in or because of some kind of tragedy, there are families who can't really have a Christmas," she said.
"We can do something about it, and it makes us feel good to be able to help."
Toys may be dropped off at Shaw Chiropractic, 78 Forest Park Plaza. For more information, call 443-2225.