Marine Corp League Detachment 1097 is preparing to start its annual Toys for Tots drive. The drive will begin Nov. 15 and end Dec. 21. Eighty barrels will be placed at various sites throughout Iredell County where individuals can drop off toys. The toys are given to needy children in Iredell County and surrounding areas.
Wal-Mart in Statesville donated $1,000 to the project Thursday night. In 2006 the drive garnered 16,000 toys and last year 28,000 toys. This year we anticipate the need being greater than in previous years so the goals is 35,000 to 40,000 toys.