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Donating a toy is one of the experiences that makes Marine Toys for Tots different from other programs. When you place a toy in a Marine Toys for Tots collection box or donate it to one of their local campaigns, you experience the joy of knowing that toy will be under the tree in a family’s home and bring a smile to a less fortunate child Christmas morning.

To request a toy: Toys for Tots — Genesee County is at 4425 S. Saginaw St., Flint. They are located in the old “Local 581 Union Hall,” between Atherton and Hemphill roads, directly across from Hurley Health & Fitness. Phone: (810) 715-4401. In-person sign-up dates are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 14 – the office is closed on Sundays. Verification of assistance and all identification is required. Toys for Tots services children from birth through the age of 12. Children 13 and older — they can issue a referral for those children (only), to Old Newsboys. If you sign up with any other agency, you cannot sign up with Toys for Tots. There is a waiting period to pick up toys after applying, which is normally three days, including Saturdays.

 To donate, got to toysfortots.org. Locally, residents may drop off toys at:

• Fenton Police Department, 311 S. LeRoy St., Fenton

• Tri-County Times, 256 N. Fenway Dr., Fenton

• Coldwell Banker Fenton, 235 N. LeRoy St., Fenton

• Fenton Moose Lodge, 2245 Sonora Dr., Fenton

• Online Auto at Thompson and Torrey roads, Fenton

• Loose Center, 707 N. Bridge St., Linden

• ELGA Credit Union, 8017 Silver Lake Rd., Linden

• The Baby Closet at The Freedom Center Church, 2473 W. Shiawassee Ave., Fenton

• Brant & Associates Real Estate, 121 First Street, Fenton

 Other drop-off sites will be listed online once the Tri-County Times becomes aware of them.

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