Toys for Tots wraps up another successful season as Steve Lindsey passes the reins

STEVE LINDSEY

QUINCY — Steve Lindsey just wrapped his 10th Season of Toys for Tots. And while he is handing the reins of his sleigh over for next year, his wrapping days aren’t quite done.

Toys for Tots is a Marine Corps organization that makes sure as many kids as possible have something under the tree on Christmas morning. The Quincy branch also worked with Quincy Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army this year to distribute about 17,000 toys to nearly 3,000 children in Adams, Brown, Pike and Hancock Counties.

Lindsey has led this volunteer effort for a decade, but next season Jessica Humke will serve as the local coordinator.

Humke wanted to thank Lindsey for his work and leadership for the group, so she set up a special surprise for him Thursday morning as this year’s giving season was concluding.

Steve Lindsey will continue to be one of the local Toys for Tots elves, but he will no longer be Santa, even though he really is.

They operate out of part of the old Motorola building on the north, Locust Street side in the 3000 block. Parents can to pick up their toys after they set up an appointment to do so.

While they accept donations year-round, they started taking registrations just after Thanksgiving and it is a busy month to make sure many needy kids are happy, as they should be on Christmas.

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