Ochs Family Toys for Tots experiences a successful year

Published 2:43 am Wednesday, December 19, 2018

By Eric Williams

The Orange Leader


The Ochs Family Toys for Tots campaign held their 15th annual Toy distribution on Saturday, December 15, at Life Church on State Highway 62 in Orange. Thanks to the generous support from the local businesses and individuals throughout Orange and Jefferson Counties, the local campaign was able to provide the joy of opening new toys on Christmas to over 1,000 children as well as children that are currently in the care of Child Protective Services.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, is the fundraising, funding and support organization for the

U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Hundreds of people gathered in line for the distribution event on Saturday. Everyone seemed to be happy and joyful by the toys that they were receiving and it seems like the event gets bigger and better every year, according to one of the event workers.

According to Coordination Director Mike Ochs, “Not only did we host the event Saturday, but on Monday Shari Pullium with The State of Texas Child Protective Services picked up 28 boxes of toys that state social workers will be taking to area Foster Homes and Group Homes. These toys will be distributed to the children in foster care, so the kids can wake up Christmas Morning with a smile on their face knowing they were not forgotten.”
“Though we are not able to help every charity that asks for assistance, we always make sure to provide new toys to Child Protective Services,” Ochs said.

The Ochs Family Toys For Tots campaign is run under the direction of coordinators Mike and Tammy Ochs and their three daughters: Joy Drouillard and family, Stacie Ochs and family, and Rita Ochs and family.

 For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.