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4:38 AM Tue, Feb. 19th

Realtors make big donation to Toys for Tots

Members of the Kingman/Golden Valley Association of Realtors are helping make Christmas merrier this year for local children.

Association members delivered a collection of bicycles and toys Wednesday to Chuck Chlarson, junior vice commandant of Marine Corps League Dean Rieter Post No.

887.

Chlarson is the 2003 Toys for Tots coordinator for the greater Kingman area.

"We started collecting toys the first week of November in 15 offices," said Gail Dike, a builder and home loan specialist with Countrywide Home Loans and an affiliate of the Association of Realtors.

"Most of the toys came from people in those offices, but we had quite a few donations, too."

Association president Jim Hubka said members did a similar drive several years ago and that a U-Haul was brought in then to load them up for delivery.

Chlarson said there are 1,500 needy area children in the Marine Corps League's database.

Wednesday's delivery not only ensures all will receive two toys but will help the League go beyond its local goal.

"We've had tremendous support from local merchants," Chlarson said.

"There were over 40 locations for toy drop-off, and some businesses like Dreams & Rainbows, Curves for Women and Compass Bank went crazy in helping."

Personnel from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office and Kingman Police Department will help deliver all the toys Dec.

21-24.

"The Marine Corps League delivered toys for 27 million children nationwide last year and we think that number will be even greater this year," Chlarson said.

"The Toys for Tots drive gets bigger each year with community participation and Kingman is one of the best.

The outpouring of support is wonderful."