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Montgomery County Bar Musters Toys for Tots

The toys, compact discs, electronic games, calculators and other plastic objects that have billowed out of the closet door since mid-October have given the Bar Association of Montgomery County (BAMC) headquarters more the appearance of a Toys-R-Us store. Montgomery County lawyers will continue dropping off the unwrapped gifts for BAMC’s Seventh Annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign through December 18, when a Marine Corps representative will collect the donations and distribute them to needy children throughout Maryland’s most-populated county.

“The quality of toys is unbelievable,” remarks BAMC Executive Director Beverly Mondin, who has been deeply moved by the utter generosity displayed by the lawyers in her county. “One family just delivered 20 expensive board games.”

Started in 1947 by a group of Marine Reservists in California, Toys for Tots has never swayed from its original objective: to bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children. The nationwide campaign is now found in 290 communities, and many prominent Americans, including John Wayne, Bob Hope, First Lady Barbara Bush and Walt Disney, have done their part to bring this movement to the forefront.

“[The fundraiser’s purpose] is to spread good cheer,” explains Lade Akinbolaji, who organizes the fundraiser along with Ivonne Lindley, her co-chair of BAMC’s New Practitioners’ Section. To ensure that the gifts encompass a wide range of needy children, BAMC asks that donated gifts be appropriate for all ages (i.e. jewelry, cosmetics, watches, gym bags). “It doesn’t just focus on kids’ toys,” adds Akinbolaji. “[We] make sure teens’ toys are included.”

Once again, roughly 3,000 BAMC members have rallied behind the leadership of Lindley and Akinbolaji, littering the floors of the Bar’s Rockville office with toys to ensure that no child goes without joy this holiday season.

“Lawyers in this state do so much,” notes Mondin. “They give so much, they don’t have time to talk about it. I am overwhelmed by the time Montgomery lawyers give. We are blessed with many volunteers.”

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