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The annual Toys for Kids campaign began with a fundraiser at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Brattleboro on Sunday.

BRATTLEBORO >> It's beginning to look a lot like the time when toys and money are collected by the Marine Corps League Brattleboro Detachment 798 for their annual Toys for Kids campaign.

"This is the kickoff for our campaign for 2016," said Richard B. Hodgdon, past commandant of the Marine Corps League Brattleboro Detachment 798.

During a fundraising event Sunday afternoon, the parking lot for the VFW building on Black Mountain Road was filled with cars and the dance floor inside had attendees moving to the music provided by the band Playin' Possum. Raffles were being held to benefit Toys for Kids.

The program ensures gifts for children who "wouldn't have anything under the tree for Christmas," said Hodgdon. More than 300 families throughout the region participated last year, meaning close to 1,000 kids were helped.

Hodgdon hoped a couple hundred people would come out on Sunday in support of the program. The event was open to the public.

In November, big red barrels will be put up around town.

"That's how we collect toys," Hodgdon said. "We have a lot of businesses who donate money or toys."

Appointments can be made by families in November. The phone number will be announced to the public in November. Toys will be distributed at the American Legion Post 5 in December as usual.


The program has been run through the Marine Corps League since 1995.

Cub Scouts in Readsboro said they needed about 79 toys for kids last year, according to Hodgdon.

"We worked together just to help them," Hodgdon said. "We try to get to as many people we can so they don't fall through the cracks at Christmas."

Call Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273.