For over 30 years Willie Haynes has partnered with local agencies and coordinated the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. Mr. Haynes and local philanthropists, businesses and volunteers have made sure children in Bulloch and surrounding communities have toys under their tree on Christmas morning.

Toys for Tots
Credit: Statesboro Jaycees

A few years ago Mr. Haynes and the Marines partnered with the Statesboro Jaycees who have done an extraordinary job in helping coordinate the local efforts.

Toys for Tots
Credit: Statesboro Jaycees

On Saturday, December 18, 2021 the Marines and Jaycees coordinated a toy distribution at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds.

The volunteers collected toys and sorted them for each child. Families who had applied for the toy assistance drove through the parking lot of the fairgrounds and volunteers loaded their cars with toys. Thanks to the generosity of our community they distribtued toys to 180 children reaching 73 families.

Hayden LaTulip, Statesboro Jaycees Toys for Tots Chair sends thanks to these individuals and businesses for their help:

  • Mr. Willie Haynes for guiding the Jaycees through the TFT process for the second year
  • Kiwanis Club of Statesboro for allowing us use their space for storage, organization, and distribution
  • The Outreach Center for allowing us to use their classroom for application submissions
  • Digital Office Equipment for providing a copier for application submissions
  • Kennedy’s Heating & Air for donating bags for organization
  • All the Statesboro Jaycees members who helped with the application review process, picking up boxes of toys, and organizing and distributing toys 
  • Office Depot for sending volunteers on organization day
  • Rolling Monkey for sending volunteers on organization day
  • Phi Beta Sigma for sending volunteers on organization day

LaTulip is also grateful for the following businesses and organizations for collecting toys donated by their customers:

  • Hirsch ERA Realty
  • Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
  • Statesboro Bank
  • Statesboro Agency, Inc.
  • Georgia Southern University – Rosenwald Building
  • Georgia Southern University – PD
  • The Sack Company
  • Statesboro Karate
  • Statesboro Visitors Center
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life, Russell Union
  • Interior Design Association, GSU
  • Plank & Tile
  • Bulloch First Bank
  • Planet Fitness
  • Kennedy Heating & Air
  • Office Depot
  • Georgia State Patrol
  • Mr. Robbie Bell

We love to see our community come together in such a special way. Join us in sending a GRICE GOOD to all of these businesses and organizations for making sure Christmas is a little brighter for so many.

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...