Join Jolly Roger Amusement Parks is celebrating its new partnership with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots at its inaugural Christmas in July Toy Drive on July 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be collecting new, unwrapped toys in a donation station at the front of the park to benefit the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.
When peoplr drop off a toy, they’ll receive a voucher for 20 percent off your ticket purchase (good for that day only at any of the company’s 30th Street amusement parks) and a free gift.
The event will kick off at 9:45 a.m., when Pocomoke High School’s ROTC organization will be hosting a flag-raising ceremony at the front of the park. Starting promptly at 10 a.m., the American flag, the Marines flag and the Toys for Tots flag will be hoisted. Frank Del Piano, commandant of the First State Detachment Marine Corps League, will play the snare drum during the ceremony, and the National Anthem will start the festivities. Then, the Ocean City Jeep Club will arrive, with a toy drive convoy, at the amusement park on 30th Street to deliver their donations.
The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots has expressed a need for more interactive and educational toys, but all donations are welcome. Cash donations will also be accepted if visitors don’t have an opportunity to head to the store before heading to the park that morning.
Last year’s local Toys for Tots campaign distributed 7,241 toys to 4,074 children.