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Toys for Tots program could end as soon as this year

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The Toys for Tots program in St. Lawrence County is in danger of becoming defunct this year if the organization fails to find a new coordinator by May 1.

Raymond J. Cutway, the former program coordinator, announced last year he would be stepping down because of health concerns after 11 years of service. Since then, Mr. Cutway has been actively searching for a replacement. Sadly, he said, no one has come forward.

“What we might have is thousands of kids who may not have a Christmas this year,” Mr. Cutway said.

Last year the organization collected Christmas presents for 6,332 children.

“If this program goes away, there is no other program that I am aware of that can take up that responsibility,” he said. “For instance, Jefferson County collects about one-third of the presents we collect.”

The coordinator for the all-volunteer organization would be responsible mainly for distributing and collecting toy drop-off boxes to businesses and other locations from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15, with one or two optional toy drives held during that time.

The toys are distributed to 10 different agencies before they are given to children in the county.

Mr. Cutway has offered to assist and train his replacement.

“I am happy to help whoever is willing to take over as much as possible,” he said.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can call Mr. Cutway at 393-4830 for more information.

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