2018 Annual Food and Toys for Tots Drive

By Patty Soriano

 

This holiday season, On Top of the World Communities is not only partnering with the local not-for-profit organization, Interfaith Emergency Services (IES) but also the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

On Top of the World is IES’s designated “Bring the Harvest All Year Long” food drive champion for the month of December. Residents and employees have always been very generous in donating large amounts of non-perishable food items and various sundries during the annual food drive. Proof of that is with our food donations in 2017 that completely filled a 34-foot box truck, and then some! With this in mind, we are asking again this year for any help you can lend.

As you can see by the following message, the need has never been greater:

While the economy is getting better and more people are working, there are still those who are elderly, disabled and/or veterans trying to make it on a monthly fixed income of $1,000 or less.  Those living on a social security benefit alone typically fall into the poverty level.  According to the Census Bureau, older Americans were the only demographic for whom poverty rates increased in a statistically significant way between 2015 and 2016. While poverty fell among people 64 and younger, it rose to 14.5 percent for people over 65.  The sad truth is that most of these people worked their entire lives and now in their golden years are forced to look to organizations like IES for help.  This is why your help is so crucial.  Last year, we assisted 773 senior citizens and we allow them to come every month for help as we know their income is not likely to increase.  They made up a small percentage of the 24,000 requests we had for food assistance in 2017.  If you don’t fall into this category, count your blessings and consider blessing others with a donation of groceries!

We appreciate your support so very much.

Karla Grimsley

Executive Director

Interfaith Emergency Services

The following staple food and hygiene items are needed:

 

Food Items

Canned vegetables
Canned beans
Peanut butter
Jelly
Boxed dry pasta
Rice
Cereal
Oatmeal
Spaghetti sauce
Macaroni & cheese
Canned fruit
Canned soups
Canned meats (tuna, chicken)

Hygiene Items

Soap
Shampoo
Deodorant
Toilet paper
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Razors
Feminine products

 

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the local area.

The 2018 food drive will take place from Saturday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 14. The Toys for Tots drive will run through Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Your donation of any of the above-listed items would be of great help. Please place your item(s) in one of the collection boxes listed below.

Let us all join together in making this effort a success and reflecting the caring community On Top of the World is especially for those in need!

 

Community Food Drop Off Locations

 

Customer Service

Sales Center

Recreation Center (upstairs and downstairs)

Arbor Fitness Center

Candler Hills Community Center

The Lodge at Candler Hills

Indigo East Community Center

Indigo East Fitness Center

Candler Hills Golf Shop

On Top of the World Golf Shop

Master the Possibilities

The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa

Circle Square Cultural Center

On Top of the World Real Estate of Marion, LLC

Bridgenet Wireless

 

Community Toy Drop Off Locations

 

Sales Center

Indigo East Sales Center

Master the Possibilities

The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa

Circle Square Cultural Center

On Top of the World Real Estate of Marion, LLC