Q: I know the Angel Tree gifts go to the Salvation Army for distribution. Where do the Toys for Tots go and where and how are they distributed?
— Evelyn, Davenport
A: The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation handles the Toys for Tots program, with local Marines coordinating the campaign in the Quad-Cities.
Specially marked drop boxes can be found at many businesses and stores in the Quad-Cities through
Monday, and many businesses and organizations conduct special drives for toy donations. Toys also can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Toys for Tots warehouse at 937 E. 53rd St., Davenport.
The 2011 campaign is coordinated by Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Dorsey.
Last year’s drive helped about 4,000 families and gave toys to about 9,000 children from ages 6 months to 12 years. About 3,000 families have signed up so far this year, organizers said.
Families may register by going to the toy warehouse at 937 E. 53rd St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. Registration ends Saturday. Items needed to register are state-issued ID such as driver’s license, birth certificate or medical card with the child’s birth date, any bill or piece of mail with your current address, and your current phone number. For questions on registration, call 563-570-0968.
Toys will be distributed to registered families from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 at the toy warehouse.
For more information, call 563-499-4589 or go to quadcities.toysfortots.org.
Q: I would like to know whether you can buy Mississippi Valley Fair tickets now to give for Christmas presents.
— Ed, Quad-Cities
A: Fun cards, which allow patrons entrance into all of the grandstand shows, cost $40 until July 6, when they are raised to $45. Mississippi Valley Fair general manager Bob Fox said gift certificates for the fun cards are sold now at the fair office, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport, and can be exchanged for fun cards once those are printed. The WLLR/Pepsi Club fun cards, which allow audience members to get in the gates 15 minutes earlier, cost $50 and the 1,100 of them available generally sell out before Christmas.
Already announced for the fair are REO Speedwagon on Aug. 3 and Hank Williams Jr. on Aug. 4. A third act that has signed cannot be announced until into 2012. Fox said he hopes to nail down the remaining three grandstand acts soon.
Q: Are any local groups arranging group trips to watch the Iowa State Cyclones play Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York?
— Ken, Bettendorf
A: We don’t know of any locally organized groups heading to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl to be played Dec. 30 in Yankee Stadium in New York, but trips are being arranged through Iowa State groups.
Game tickets cost $115, $100, or $45 each and can be ordered at cyclones.com or by phone from the Iowa State Athletics Ticket Office at 888-478-2925 or
515-294-1816. The Iowa State Alumni Association and Cyclone Gridiron Club will sponsor bowl tours, with land and air packages available. Links are http://www.iowastatealumnisportstravel.com">www.iowastatealumnisportstravel.com or http://www.cyclonegridironclub.com/bowl2011.aspx">www.cyclonegridironclub.com/bowl2011.aspx or call (800) 409-3493.
Jim from Bettendorf notes that other medals also have been given out to Korean War veterans by the U.S. government and the South Korean government in addition to the Korean War Service Medal that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the war. For more information, he suggests checking the website http://www.militaryhonors.net/Articles/War_Medals/Korea.html">www.militaryhonors.net/Articles/War_Medals/Korea.html. Also, the Korean War Veterans group meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post 246 in Moline.