With Christmas a little more than a month away, Toys for Tots, along with the US Marine Corps are collecting toys for children in the Wiregrass.
A Cottonwood woman has taken the spirit of giving to an entirely new level.
Last week, Annette Tew contacted the Marine Corps League, saying she had some toys to donate. When the Corps showed up to pick up what they thought would be just a few gifts, they were met with quite a surprise.
"It amazed us when we went out there. We were expecting just a few toys, that they'd responded to an ad, but when we got there, we found 52 toys that they had collected," said Counselor Joe Fernandez of Alfred Saliba Services Center.
Annette gradually collected the toys over the past year, and plans to continue doing so for next Christmas.
Annette's husband Harvey Smith says, "After Christmas, she goes around and finds toys that were left on sale and she buys them for next year to give to the kids that don't have much."
Coming from a very large family, Annette understands how a simple gesture can touch a child's heart.
"When she was young, they didn't have much, so when she can help she tries to help all she can," adds Smith.
Annette usually buys a toy a week, knowing there will always be deserving children that may not get any Christmas gifts.
However, Annette's generosity is not limited just to children.
Last year, she crocheted over 50 lap blankets and donated them to a local VA. She shows no signs of slowing down.
If you would like to donate to Toys for Tots, the following are drop off locations:
United States Marine Recruiting Office
2323 W. Main Street, Dothan
429 S. Oates St, Dothan
224 N. Main St, Enterprise
2055 S. Hwy 231, Ozark
3106 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan
Dollar General Stores
2505 Montgomery Hwy, Dothan
1825 S. Brannon Stand, Dothan
2890 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan
2965 Hartford Hwy, Dothan
767 W. Selma, Dothan
3121 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan
Wiregrass Commons Mall, Dothan
Horizon Travel Center
Hwy 231, Midland City
3615 Ross Clark Circle
American Classic Cycles
Hwy 231 S, Dothan
Alfred Saliba Family Services Center
301 W. Lafayette St, Dothan
545 W. Main St, Dothan
Advance Auto Parts
Daleville/Fort Rucker Gate, Daleville