Toys for Tots program boosted by parade

Hickman High School
football team shares spotlight of celebration.
Sunday, December 12, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:30 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

An eclectic parade honoring Hickman High School’s state champion football team and raising awareness of the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots program rolled through downtown Columbia on Eighth and Walnut streets Saturday afternoon.

The parade was promoted by Y107 radio personalities Cosmo and JC, whose show airs from 5:30 to 10 on weekday mornings.

“We wanted to make sure they were appreciated and honored,” JC said. Saturday’s was the second annual parade they have organized to benefit Toys For Tots.

Toys For Tots is a charity program run by the Marine Corps Reserve that collects toys for underprivileged children each Christmas. The Columbia Marine Corps League operates the program in 31 mid-Missouri counties.

Dannie Weddle, the Toys for Tots coordinator for the League, said the program has been successful this year.

“We now have three mini storage units full of toys and fifteen palettes of books and five palettes of action toys,” Weddle said.

Toys can be donated through Dec. 17 by contacting Toys for Tots coordinator Dannie Weddle at 446-5192 or

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