The Puyallup Tribe has donated $125,000 to Toys for Tots just in time for the holidays and another $125,000 to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County.
Crime Stoppers and the Marine Corps’ Toys effort will give 50,000 toys to needy children in Tacoma and Pierce County this year, thanks to donations and the financial support from the tribe.
The tribe’s donation is the largest single gift to these entities, marking the third year the Puyallups have given this amount of financial support.
“This donation really helps us fill the holes,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said, noting that the Toys for Tots effort strives to hand out age-appropriate and gender-specific toys and often has to buy toys to match the local need.
The key needs are toys for girls between 9 and 11 years old and boys aged 9 to 12, for example.
The donation allows Toys for Tots volunteers to now go out and buy specific toys for those groups rather than just pull gifts from other groups. The donation will also be used help keep communities safer through the year-round Crime Stoppers effort.
Puyallup Tribal officials presented the $250,000 donation check during a live remote broadcast of the Ron and Don KIRO Radio show at the Wal-Mart store in South Hill on Dec. 12.
Larson Automotive Group donated 400 new bicycles to Toys for Tots this year, as well.