The Exchange Club of Fort Bend, Second Mile Mission and Toys for Tots

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land will participate in the Toys For Tots program this year. (Submitted photo)

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land will participate in the Toys For Tots program this year. (Submitted photo)

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary, The Exchange Club of Fort Bend, Second Mile Mission and Toys for Tots, have partnered in a joint community service project to provide thousands of toys for Fort Bend County children this Christmas.

Parents in need are sent invitations to visit Santa’s Exchange and “shop” for three new toys for each child in their family. The kids get to sit on Santa’s lap and are entertained with crafts and games by high school students. Volunteers from Fort Bend ISD, local community service clubs, businesses, and churches collect toys and help parents select toys for their children the day of the event.

Santa’s Exchange has been providing toys for less fortunate families since 1995. It began with Carolyn Tarver’s Project S.M.I.L.E. (Stan’s Memory Includes Loving Everyone) after her teenage son Stan was killed in an accident. Exchange and Rotary have been working together with Ms. Tarver since 1995.

The recent partnership with Toys for Tots and Second Mile Mission will help provide over 15,000 toys for underprivileged children in Fort Bend County this year. Toy donation boxes will be located at local businesses, churches and FBISD schools.

You can help children have a Merry Christmas by dropping a toy in a donation box or by sending a check payable to Exchange Club of Sugar Land, 4800 Sugar Grove Blvd., Suite 100, Stafford, TX 77477.

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