Packing Toys For Tots

MAHONING TOWNSHIP — From baby dolls to board games to bulldozers, a room inside Salem Bible Fellowship Church near Lehighton was packed with Toys For Tots Tuesday night.

The toys were donated to make the holiday a little brighter for those in need.

More than two dozen people spent the night sorting and bagging toys for families in need this holiday.

“You take black bags and fill them up with three for each and then you go and take a stocking stuffer for each,” said Seth Johnson of Lehighton.

“It’s to help the children that are a little less fortunate than maybe some of our kids have been, and we like to give back to the community,” said Janel Tirpak, who also volunteered her time.

The volunteers at the church said they like getting together to sort and then pack the toys for families.

The bags of toys will go to families in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties.

This year about 3,000 kids will be getting toys thanks to the donations and the volunteers.

“It’s a lot of kids. We have most of them go from age two to 10, but we serve from newborn all the way to 14 and if they have a physical or mental handicap, then we serve them until they are 16,” said Cheryl Laub, Toys For Tots coordinator for Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League.

“I’ve been other places where you didn’t have the same generosity as you do in this area. This area is very benevolent when it comes to helping others,” said Pastor Robert Johnson, of the Salem Bible Fellowship Church.

Families who registered for Toys For Tots can pick up their bags from the church on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Carbon County.

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