PLAINVILLE -- Despite the pandemic putting a halt on music and production, The Plainville Wind Ensemble and Toys for Tots will still team up for the Stuff the Truck event to help supply toys for children for the holidays.
“With covid there are more and more families that need assistance this year for Christmas time so that the kids get something under their tree,” said Kathleen Marsan, Chairperson for Toys for Tots.
On Sunday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., you can pull up with your mask on to Plainville High School located at 47 Robert Holcomb Way, and drop off a toy to help the program.
“We’re going to be in the first parking lot off of route 10 when you come down Robert Holcomb Way,” said Marsan.
As you drive up, you have to get out of your car and drop off the donated toy on to the table, and then get back in your car and drive away. Wind Ensemble volunteers will put the toys into boxes supplied by the Plainville Marine Center.
“We will be following all of the covid procedures because we are a program with the town of Plainville,” said Marsan. “The Marines also have their own protocols too. Once these toys are collected they have protocols to make sure they are safe for the children to be passed out in December.”
The collection of donated new toys for the Marines “Toys for Tots” program has been a long standing tradition at the Veterans’ Concert, but the annual concert has been cancelled for the first time since its inception in 2005 due to the pandemic. The Plainville Wind Ensemble planned to return to full ensemble rehearsals and the 2019/2020 concert schedule, but for safety and health reasons things are still on hold.
“All of our concerts are free to the public and we always benefit another nonprofit,” said Marsan. “So this year when we were sitting around and talking and I realized that ‘oh my gosh what’s happening to Toys For Tots?’ I got in touch with Major Derek Shiver over here at the Plainville Marine Center and also the Commandant James Morris over in the Hardware City Detachment in New Britain and we discussed doing a drive-thru Toys for Tots so that way we still benefit this wonderful group that we we’ve been doing for the last 15 years.”
This is normally their biggest concert bringing in between 400-800 people and almost 800 toys.