COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The Salvation Army is known during the holidays for its Angel Trees and Red Kettles. But this year in Collier County, the organization is adding another drive to the holiday plate.
"We've worked with Toys for Tots before and we're looking forward to another opportunity this year to work with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and helping people have a bright Christmas," said Major Dan Proctor with the Salvation Army.
In the past, the Marine Corps League of Naples handled the toy drive. But the group is under investigation after allegations of misue of money, as well as breaking foundation rules. I reached out to the local league's Commandant and Vice-Commandant, but they had no comment. The Toys for Tots Foundation said they have suspended the Naples league from participating in the program until the investigation is completed and any legal action taken.
Major Dan Proctor, the Naples Regional Coordinator with the Salvation Army told me what families need to know.
"Everyone who has applied for Toys for Tots before, to do that again. It's just going to be at a different location, maybe a little bit different set up and rules," said Major Proctor.
Their organization is already accepting applications from parents, as well as anyone who wants to donate their time this holiday season.
"We think that we'll be working with this program this year and next year and then we'll see where it goes from there."
Those who have previously donated new unwrapped toys to Toys for Tots may donate them to The Salvation Army of Collier County. Toys can be donated at Salvation Army locations in Collier or arrangements for collection can be made by calling 239-775-9447.
Organizations and businesses that have arranged toy collections previously may donate to The Salvation Army, who will meet the shortfall expected this year.
Collier drop off locations include:
· Family Services Center at 3180 Estey Avenue in Naples
· Family Thrift Store at 2255 Davis Blvd. in Naples
· Family Services Office at 2050 Commerce Avenue #3 in Immokalee