Local Effort in its 49th Year Dixon Toys for Tots/Christmas Programs Include 7 Ways to Help Locals in Need

The Dixon Toys for Tots/ Community Christmas Programs kicked off its 49th year with its only organizational meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 pm at the Dixon Fire Department.
The seven part Christmas program has been a staple of the Dixon area encompassing all of the holiday needs for qualified families living in the 95620 zip code. Although a stand-alone group the Dixon community group works in conjunction and approval of the U.S. Marine Corps national program.
According to organizer, Ted Hickman, “I think the reason we have been successful all of these year, and the reason the community supports us financially, is because they know we work very hard to help those who ‘need’ help not those who just want it.” Hickman said all 300 to 350 families are screened for need and must provide proof of income, and their children’s (700 to 800) school ID cards and proof of residency just to be eligible for assistance. He said if they can’t or won’t supply the information they can’t or won’t be able to help them. He noted special arrangements have been made for the homeless with children whose need and situation can be verified. He added if you aren’t a senior citizen or have children you’ll need to look somewhere else for help.
He said, “We have been at this a very long time and our goals this year are the same as always. We don’t want to see one child go hungry during Christmas vacation or not get a gift from Santa nor do we want to see one senior citizen alone on Christmas Eve. Everything our hundreds of volunteers do is geared towards these goals.
Hickman said, “Our annual budget is $15,000 which all comes from private donations like businesses, service clubs and just people who know about an believe in the programs. Our continual sponsors have been like the Dixon Lions Club, Rotary Club, Soroptimist Club and in recent years Wal-Mart and Gymboree which makes up about half of our budget.” He added, “We are all volunteer with no government involvement or funding. We are a private 501C-3 supported only by those who believe in the spirit of the holiday.”
The process for receiving donation of both new, unwrapped toys and coats will start this week with the
B of A, First Northern Bank and Cindy’s Place downtown, the police and fire departments plus numerous businesses all around the city will have the Toys for Tots collection boxes. The goal to collect about 1,000 coats, one of the programs, for the seventh year in a row gets underway at the same time.
Financial donations can been made at Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America and the First Northern Bank in the name of Dixon Toys For Tots and/or Dixon Community Christmas Programs.
For further information Hickman can be reached at 707-678-2203.

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